Ali Gholipour is a journalist, critic, and researcher. He started his journalistic activities in 2003 with film and theater reviews. He holds a BA and MA in Theatre Studies and a PhD in Art Research from Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, where he defended his doctoral thesis on cultural policymaking in the Pahlavi era in 2014. He is a visiting scholar at Tehran University of Art and Tarbiat Modares University, lecturing on playwrighting and play criticism. He published Cultivation of Public Taste in the Pahlavi Era (2019, Nazar Publication) and is an editor of The Street is a Stage, a collection of essays by Richard Schechner, et. al. (2018, Mania Honar Publication).