In tragedy, humor and comedy help me find balance in life, Vahe Berberian

Vahe Berberian, in conversation with Lara Tcholakian, reflects on the meaning that his memories of the Armenian Genocide stories have had on him and his profession. He shares the philosophies by which he lives, including intention, humor, love and compassion, which he says stem from the tragedies of the genocide, his experiences of civil war in Lebanon, and his discoveries in Europe. His inspirations and drive are channeled by his actions to live an authentic life as an author, entertainer, and artist.

About Vahe Berberian

Vahe Berberian is a painter, novelist, playwright, actor, director and monologist. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, and later settled in Los Angeles, USA, Vahe’s novels include In the Name of the Father And The Son, Namagner Zaataren, Pages From A Diary, Vartakooyn Pighy, A Kiss is Not Lip Service, and his soon to be published Diary Of A Dead Man. His plays include Gyank, Baron Garbis, and Pink Elephant among many. His stand-up comedies include Ooremn, Yeté, Sagayn, Dagaveen, Nayev and Yevaylen. Since 1984, Vahe’s artwork has been showcased in numerous international gallery exhibitions.

Program overview

Armenian leaders share inherited cultural and historical narratives, memories, life learnings and experiences. Down-to-earth, authentic and mindful conversations preserve the stories and legacies of families, and reflect on the lessons learnt from inherited collective trauma and introspective leadership.