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Arian Moayed

  • Actor
  • Writer
  • Director

Arian Moayed is a Tony-nominated actor, co-Founder and Board Chair 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 has worked with Bill Murray, Alfonso Cuaron, Barry Levinson, Spike Lee and Jon Stewart, to name a few. Notable projects: Madam Secretary, Rock the Kasbah, Appropriate Behavior and Rosewater.

As Producer of Waterwell, which he co-founded in 2002, he has helped devise over a dozen original productions including a dual-language Hamlet (played the title role) and the forgotten war musical, Blueprint Specials, presented on board the Intrepid with a cast comprised of both civilian and veteran performers.  Other notable Waterwell productions: GOODBAR (Public Theater), The|King|Operetta, Marco Millions and The Persians.

As an educator, Mr. Moayed also administers public school arts programs with Waterwell Drama Program. With hundreds of students from all economic backgrounds, WDP offs 6-16th 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 numerous feature film and television projects. Currently, he is in post-production for his thriller web series The Accidental Wolf, featuring a cast with a combined 36 Tony nominations, including Kelli O’Hara, Laurie Metcalf, Denis O’Hare and Ben McKenzie. Waterwell Films is also partnering with AMC, Warner Brothers and other studios on developing numerous future projects. He is a finalist for several film/tv writing competitions including Sundance Episodic Lab, AMC, Channel 4 and Script Pipeline.