Arian Moayed is a Tony nominated actor, an Artistic Director of Waterwell, an arts educator and an award winning writer/director for film.
In the theater, Mr. Moayed recently starred in the Tony Award winning The Humans on Broadway, where he originated the role of Richard Saad. In the same season, Mr. Moayed won an Obie Award for Performance in the Best New American Play, Guards at the Taj, in a part written for him by Rajiv Joseph. He was nominated for a Tony award for his portrayal of Musa in Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. He has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious theaters including the Public Theater, Signature, Manhattan Theater Club, Steppenwolf, Mark Taper Forum, Brooklyn Academy of Music and many more. He is a proud recipient of the Theater World Award and Drama Desk Award.
As a film/TV actor, Mr. Moayed was worked with Bill Murray, Alfonso Cuaron, Barry Levinson, Spike Lee, Tom Fontana, Jon Stewart, Mitch Glazer, Tony Kushner, Kevin Williamson and many more. Notable projects: Madam Secretary (2017), Rock the Kasbah (2015), Appropriate Behavior (2014) and Rosewater (2013).
As an Artistic Director of Waterwell, which he co-founded in 2002, he has helped devise over a dozen original productions including GOODBAR (Public Theater), The|King|Operetta (National Tour), Marco Millions, The Persians, and Blueprint Specials (2017)…to name a few. Upcoming projects: Hamlet (2017) and A. Jax (2018).
As an arts educator, Mr. Moayed administers one of the best public school arts programs in the country as part of the Waterwell Drama Program. With hundreds of students from all economic backgrounds, WDP partners with the Professional Performing Arts School, offering 6-12th graders in New York City the highest quality theater training in the country absolutely free of charge. From acting to movement to clowning to devising, WDP brings world class training to some of the brightest young stars.
As a filmmaker, Mr. Moayed is a partner of Waterwell Films, where he has written and directed three short films, has two full-length feature films in development and is working on his first drama pilot, Switch, for cable television. He is currently in post-production for his thriller TV series called The Accidental Wolf, starring Kelli O’Hara, Laurie Metcalf, Denis O’Hare, Amy Landecker and many more. His films have premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, CineQuest Film Festival, Rhode Island Film Festival, Athens International Film Festival, Noor Film Festival and many more. He is a finalist for numerous film/tv writing competitions including Sundance Episodic Lab, AMC, Channel 4, and Script Pipeline.