Ali Shafiee was born in 1970, in Iran. In 1994, he came to the Netherlands because of the political situation in Iran.
Ali started his acting carreer in the Netherlands at the Dutch "Handtheater". Later, he worked as a teaching assistant at schools for the deaf.
His company is called "Visueel Theater" (Visual Theater). Activities include theater in sign language, storytelling in sign language, teaching young deaf sign language users to become actors, and many other activities, both in the Netherlands and internationally.