Hamidreza Ardalan, born 1959, is an art theorist, PhD in art studies, branch of theatre and music. He has staged theatre and music productions oriented towards nature and objects and with an emphasis upon peace and equality in Iran and other emerging economies countries. He has published articles and books, and as artistic director has launched national and international events, festivals and seminars, especially in the field of puppet theatre. He is President of UNIMA Iran (Mobarak UNIMA), which has, to date, about 550 members. Since 2016, he is President of UNIMA International’s Heritage Commission.