Yony Leyser was born in Chicago in 1984 as the descendant of a German-Iranian-Jewish family. He studied at CalArts and The New School in New York. He has lived as an author and director in Berlin since 2010. He made a name for himself with his award-winning feature films, which focus on queer stories beyond social norms: WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN (2010), DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE (2015) and QUEERCORE - HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION (2017). W(A)RM HOLES is Yony's first play in Germany.