Arian Moayed

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ARIAN MOAYED. Iranian-born, Award-winning actor Arian Moayed is the co-Founder of Waterwell, a civic-minded and socially conscious non-profit art 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 proceedingsnamed “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, currently teaching  the Artist as Citizen and Senior Capstone. 

With Waterwell Films, Arian has written/directed the Emmy-nominated thriller, The Accidental Wolf, which was acquired by Topic Studios. Current writing projects  include 28 Mordad (Playground Pictures), a film version of The Courtroom (Archer Gray/ Topic) and a film adaptation of The Man in Red.  

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