Bio for Peydah Theatre Company
Abraham Makany is an NYC based actor from Houston, TX. Regional Theatre: Noura (Marin Theatre Co.); The Corpse Washer (Actors Theatre of Louisville) Off-Broadway: Bars and Measures (Urban Stages); Trial of an American President (Theatre Row); Waterwell’s Hamlet (The Sheen Center); Kandahar to Canada (Ensemble Studio Theatre); The Brig (The Living Theatre). Television: Orange is the New Black, Gotham, Blue Bloods, The Blacklist, Homeland, Blindspot, The Americans, among others. Film: Rainbow Ruthie, Brooklyn Park, Saint Nicholas, El Gallo. Education: Rutgers University's Professional Actor Training Program. Upcoming: The Lehman Trilogy on Broadway (Nederlander Theatre). Follow on IG @abmakany.
Afsaneh Aayani: (Set Designer)
(Main Street): The Book of Magdalene, Don’t Let The Pigeon DriveThe Bus, (Catastrophic Theatre): The Drama Squad, Fefu and Her Friends(ASD), (Rec Room): Pass Over(ASD), The Children(ASD), (Classical Theatre): Lysistrata, (A.D.Players): The Gift Of Magi, Unplugged, David The Best Slinger of The Best, (University of Houston): Haroun and The Sea of Stories, Three Sisters(Costume Designer), The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Dear Charlotte, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Luchadora, (Landing Theatre): Rapture Blister Burn, Caught, Oleanna (HGO.co): The Pastry Prince, The Puffed Up Prima Donna, (Rogue Production): Two Mile Hollow, Pulsate, (Actor’s Equity Festival)The Effect. (Techland Houston Designer and project manager) Lion King.
Bahar Beihaghi is a New York City-based actor, born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Holding a BS in civil engineering and trained in Le Coq at L’ECOLE POINT FIXE, she became a full time member at Fanous-e-Honar-e-Pars Theater Company in Tehran, leading to her performances as “Ismene” at “Theater Festival in Dion, Greece” and “Medea” at “Anis Gras, Paris” alongside her other theatrical experiences in Tehran as an acting coach and Farsi-French Translator. Her recent credits are "Mrs. Smith" in "The Bald Soprano", “Laila” in “A Second Birth” and “Samar” in “Red Wednesday”.
Bahar is an Actors Studio Drama School graduate where she received her MFA and now she is proud to be a Finalist at The Actors Studio. Trained in The Method, her favorite roles at ASDS are: Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Debbie in Face Divided, Woman in The Treatment, Madam Popova in The Bear, Roberta in Danny & the Deep Blue Sea.
Bahar enjoys singing, contemporary dance, Ballroom and Flamenco and has recently started Kickboxing. She is also passionate about teaching Farsi and acting in English, Farsi and French.
She sends all of her love and gratitude to her family and friends for their perpetual encouragement and support and to people of Iran, whom she’d love to represent through her art.
Diana Fathi is an Iranian multi-disciplinary theatre practitioner pursuing her M.F.A in Dramaturgy at Columbia University. She grew up in Tehran, where she learned that everyone has an untold story to tell. So she’s decided to be their storyteller.
National/International Tour: Beauty and the Beast; New York
Theatre: Ms. Estrada (Flea Theater), Suburbia (5th Floor Theatre); Regional: Oklahoma!
(TUTS), The Corpse Washer (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville), Hunchback of Notre Dame
(Capital City Theatre), Oliver! (Palace Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Prather
Entertainment). IG: @hnrhasaninsta
Keivon Akbari is an actor, singer, musician who received his BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts through the Atlantic Acting School. Keivon is known for roles in Revolutionary (Theater for the New City), Tosca Tehran (Atlantic Theater Company), Bismillah (The Wild Project), Return to Fall (Columbia University), Jason In Medea (Atlantic Acting School), and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast. Film: Tehrangeles, Spectator. He is also a classically trained concert pianist and can play four additional instruments. He would like to thank his friends and family for their unconditional love and support. keivonakbari.com
Pooya Mohseni is an Iranian-American actor, writer & Transgender activist. She's co-writer, lead and co-producer of "Transit: A NYC FAIRYTALE ", a story of a love affair between a woman of Trans experience and a Cis gender man.
Her newest feature film “See You Then” by Mari Walker made its premiere at SXSW this March to great reviews and was picked up for distribution by Breaking Glass Pictures. .
Her stage performances include "She,He,Me" for National Queer Theater, “Our Town” in Pride Plays, “Hamlet" in Play On Shakespeare festival, an award winning one person show "One Woman", at The Theatre Row and "Galatea" for the WP Pipeline festival as well as an Audible production of "Chonburi Hotel & The Butterfly Club" for Williamstown Theater Festival.
She has guest starred on “Law & Order: SVU“ , “Falling Water" on USA, “Madam Secretary” and "Big Dogs" on Amazon Prime.
Sade Namei is a member of Hook and Eye Theatre. Her previous stage work includes Eve Ensler's "Emotional Creature" at the Signature Theatre (NYC) and Berkeley Rep,
“Against The Hillside” at The O’Neill , “In The Line” at A.R.T. NY, "Mika" at The U.N., "Leaves of Grass" at The Cell, #Serials@theFlea, "United Front" (Primary Stages), and her one-woman show "In Medias Res" at the Brick Theater. She has also performed at the Argentinian Consulate and The Asia Society among others. Films: Subways, Fatima, Lady M., and The Elegant Clockwork of the Universe. She works as a TV/film Farsi translator/dialect coach on The Blacklist, Madam Secretary, Limitless, Mr. Robot, and Homeland. She also enjoys creating characters and putting them on Instagram, YouTube and etc. @sadenamei
Shadi Ghaheri is a director and choreographer from Tehran, Iran based in New York. She has directed Fen (Columbia MFA acting class project), Lucretia (HERE), Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Williams College), Shahr-e-Farang (Spectrum NYC) Death of Yazdgerd, Titus Andronicus, and choreographed Passion (Yale School of Drama). Other Credits, The Slow Sound of Snow (Yale Cabaret). She co-curated a four-play season, directing The Trojan Women, and Lear (Yale Summer Cabaret). Also she co-curated and produced a six-day festival of theatre, music and short film called Emruz Festival. Shadi holds a BA from Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University, where she was the first female president of the University Theatre Club. There, she directed Art and Stranger walking in my room. She continued working as a director, leading workshops at Iranian refugee camps for Afghani children fleeing the war in their country. Shadi was a 2016 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, the 2017-2018 directing fellow at Rattlestick Playwright Theatre and the winner of Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase 2019.
Vida Tayebati is a NYC based theatre actor and director, born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She aims to mobilize discussion and action through live theatre that transcends national borders and exposes social wrongs. Vida received the Hope fellowship and Kennedy Center Honors Scholarship in 2013 and Carlo Mazzone Scholarship in 2014-2015 for studding theatre. She co-founded international female troupe Til Lalezar Theatre in 2016 where she developed an art studio/space for the community in Western MA. Her most recent projects include “We are more” at Pregones Theatre, “Tosca Tehran” at Atlantic Theatre, NYTW residency at Adelphi University, titlepoint festival at the Brick Theatre, "Bee" at HB studio, and “Red Wednesday” at Mabou Mines.She received an M.F.A. in Physical Theatre at Dell’Arte International in Northern California and currently continuing her education in Data science at Columbia University in New York.