PEN Talks

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PEN Talks

PEN Talks is a new virtual series in conversation with artists and leaders working in the theatre, television and film industry. 

In association with SUNY Potsdam Department of Theatre and Dance, join us for hourly conversations and Q&A's!

Arian Moayed chats with Managing Director Mike Aguirre and Artistic Producer Sarah Norris about his career on Broadway, television, film and advocacy. 

PEN Talks are free! But you must register in advance to reserve a link.

About Arian: Iranian-born, Award-winning Arian Moayed’s recent acting credits include Broadway's The Humans (Tony Award for Best New Play, Drama Desk Award); Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo w/ Robin Williams (Tony Award Nomination for Best Featured Actor); Guards at the Taj (Obie Award for Best Performance, Best New American Play). Current acting credits include playing Stewy on HBO’s Emmy winning Succession, Agent Cleary in Spiderman: No Way Home, and the upcoming Shonda Rhimes’ series, Inventing Anna (Netflix).

As a writer/director, Arian has created the Emmy-nominated thriller, The Accidental Wolf, which was acquired by Topic Studios and stars Tony Winners Kelli O’Hara, Laurie Metcalf, Sahr Nguajah, and many more. Current writing projects include 28 Mordad (upcoming), a film version of The Courtroom (Archer Gray/Topic) and a film adaptation of The Man in Red. He is currently writing an autobiography about his family’s immigration story.

A co-Founder of Waterwell, a civic-minded and socially conscious non-profit art and education company, 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 playing 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.

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