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Arian Moayed

  • Actor
  • Writer
  • Director

Iranian-born, Award-winning actor Arian Moayed is the co-Founder and Board Chair of Waterwell, a civic-minded and socially conscious non-profit theater and education company. He is also a Partner of Waterwell Films, a for-profit film and television company. 

With the Waterwell non-profit, recent productions include The Flores Exhibits, a series of videos in which artists, lawyers, advocates, and immigrants read the sworn testimonies of children held in detention facilities at the U.S./Mexico border (, The Courtroom: a re-enactment of one woman’s deportation proceedings, named “Best Theater of 2019” by The New York Times, and a dual-language Hamlet (Arian played the title role). Waterwell also created Fleet Week Follies, an annual festival of music, food, and kid-friendly activities, free to military service members and their families.

At the Waterwell Education Program, over 250 students per year receive world-class arts training and education in advocacy at the Professional Performing Arts School, all free of charge. He has been a faculty member for nearly 15 years.

With Waterwell Films, Arian has written-directed the Emmy-nominated, short-form thriller, The Accidental Wolf, which was acquired for Topic. Current writing projects include 28 Mordad (Playground Pictures), Barstool Santa, and The Courtroom.

Notable acting credits: The Humans (Drama Desk Award), Guards at the Taj (Obie Award), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Tony nomination), Emmy-winning Succession (HBO), and an upcoming Shonda Rhimes series, Inventing Anna (Netflix).