Amir Arison

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Amir Arison is best known for his work on nine seasons of the NBC/Sony/Netflix international hit series The Blacklist as fan favorite ‘Aram Mojtabai’. In 2022, Amir starred as the lead role ‘Amir’ in The Kite Runner on Broadway, for which he won the 2023 Theatre World Award for Outstanding Performance in a Broadway Debut.

Select TV credits include recurring & guest appearances on American Horror Story, Ramy, Billions, Law & Order: SVU, Bull, Homeland, Girls, as well as many others including HULU’s ‘The Dropout’. On film, he starred in the indie drama ‘20 Weeks’ and has been seen in Tom McCarthy’s ‘The Visitor’,  Nia Vardalos’ ‘I Hate Valentines Day’, Amy Heckerling’s ‘VAMPS’,  ‘Jane Wants a Boyfriend’, ‘Big Words’, among others.  Currently Amir has been starring in a satirical Butterfinger commercial campaign running for the past four years.

On stage, he’s performed in New York, around the country, and internationally with world premieres at New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theatre, The Signature, MCC, LAByrinth, Waterwell, Yale Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington, The Shakespeare Theatre, the RSC & more.

Amir is the Emmy Award winning host of the NBC/Telemundo special “Clear The Shelters” helping 161,000 rescue pets nationwide get adopted. He recently sold, is executive producing, and hosting his own talk show ‘The Reel Ones with Amir Arison’ for Reach TV and Lightbeam TV. Amir is also the award winning director of ‘Fortress’ and Angelight Films’ ‘Tati’s Fashion Show’. He is currently between filming the Apple TV Limited Series “Sinking Spring” from Ridley Scott & Peter Craig.




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Kathleen Garrett

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Kathleen Garrett can currently be seen in Netflix’s record breaking, blockbuster hit, INVENTING ANNA, as the high fashion, hard-to-please, gallerist Sasha Thomas. She is also in another blockbuster of a different kind as Deskka, the sage warrior chaplain, in the #1 video game of the year, HORIZON FORBIDDEN WEST. To add to her string of successes, she plays Former First Lady Laura Bush opposite Viola Davis’ Michelle Obama in Showtimes’s most prestigious project, THE FIRST LADY premiering April 17. She started off the year recently guest starring, to critical acclaim, in Dick Wolf’s FBI as the grieving, yet pointedly direct, Nicole Trenholm. Classically trained in New York and London, Kathleen’s range runs the gamut of roles from drama queens in Greek tragedies to slapstick comediennes in sitcoms. She is a recipient of a Screen Actors Guild Award, The Drama Critics Circle Award, Garland Award, LA Weekly Award, Robbie Award, and Ovation Nomination. She is one of the few actors to be awarded the international Clio Award and The Women’s League of Advertising Award (Lulu Award) for Best Performance in a commercial. Her extensive voice-over work includes national campaigns, video games, narrations on series, mini-series, and documentaries.



  • Ghosts of Christmas Always
  • The First Lady
  • Inventing Anna
  • FBI
  • Power Book II: Ghost
  • Flawless: A Feminist Fairytale
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Billions
  • The Deuce
  • Ugly Betty
  • The West Wing
  • Murder, She Wrote
  • Home Improvement


076: Adam Shapiro

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Today we chat with Adam Shapiro about what it is to be enough, being re-cast in the feature adaptation of a passion project, to the insightful advice Director Jason Winer gave just before testing for a pilot, to starting your own theatre company.

From his work on The Affair, Sense8, Grace & Frankie, The Mindy Project, and Snowfall, to his roles in Now You See Me, The House Bunny, and Steve Jobs, as well as on Broadway in Waitress—you’ve likely seen today’s guest before…

Adam is currently filming the upcoming season of Showtime’s The Affair, and recently filmed the lead role in a new TBS half-hour comedy pilot and roles in the upcoming indie films It Happened In LA (Sundance 2017), Feed, The Female Brain, and Social Animals. He’s been seen as Avie Tevanian in Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs, arcs the Netflix series from the Wachowskis: Sense8, ABC’s Cristela, Audience Network’s Kingdom, and the NBC comedy Trial & Error, as well as guest starring roles on Grace & Frankie (Netflix), Snowfall (FX) and The Mindy Project(FOX). Recent television credits include: Bones, CSI: Cyber, The Mysteries of Laura, Betrayal, 1600 Penn, Scandal, Mistresses, and Grey’s Anatomy. More Film Credits: Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant, The Answer, Sister, Nobody Walks in LA, Ctl Alt Delete, I Am Not A Hipster, Short Term 12, Now You See Me, A Single Man, The House Bunny, The Den.

Adam is also a co-founder of IAMA Theatre Company, and has recently starred on Broadway in the Tony nominated Waitress. Adam was most recently nominated for Ovation Awards for IAMA’s LA premiere of The Recommendation by Jon Caren (Winner Best Production 2014) and for Best Lead Actor in a Musical for Hey, Morgan! a world premiere comedy by Matthew Fogel and Isaac Laskin, Directed by Matt Shakman at the Black Dahlia Theatre. More stage credits include: Rent, You are Here, The Accidental Blonde, the world premieres of Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette and Assistance (IAMA Theatre Company), and “David” in Paul Grellong’s west coast premiere of Manuscript (The Elephant).

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“You’re constantly changing, and so is your art.”

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