The Fear Never Leaves, You Just Keep Doing the Work: Arian Moayed

As a young child, Arian Moayed’s family fled Iran, taking a years-long journey that split the family, and eventually landed them just outside Chicago, where they set about building a new life in a radically different world. Stumbling into a love of acting, Moayed began to pursue a passion for theater. He was met, as most actors are, with an un-ending parade of “you can’t do that’s.” But, to him that just meant, make it happen on your own. “Do” your way through it. And, so he did.

Moayed has since become a Tony-nominated actor, co-founder of theater/film production and arts education venture, Waterwell, and an award-winning writer/director. He’s worked alongside legends like Bill Murray, Alfonso Cuaron, Barry Levinson, Spike Lee and Jon Stewart. Arian’s groundbreaking thriller TV series, The Accidental Wolf, starring Kelli O’Hara, Laurie Metcalf, Denis O’Hare, and a cast of 36 Tony nominations, is taking the web by storm. And, his heart is most boldly on display in the arts education program he helped develop that offers 6-12th graders in New York City free theater training, and explores not just performance, but citizenship, service and what it means to be human. We all need more of that these days.


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