ELAN ZAFIR

Actor. Playwright.

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NEWS AND UPDATES

Headlines and Stories

(UPCOMING) THERE'S ALWAYS THE HUDSON

Woolly Mammoth Theatre
April 2020

EUREKA DAY

Mosaic Theatre
December 2019

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WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE: AT THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE, THIS PLAY’S CASTING CHANGES FROM NIGHT TO NIGHT

October 2019

EVERYBODY

Shakespeare Theatre Company
October 2019

JUNK

Arena Stage
APRIL 2019

TWELVE ANGRY MEN

Ford's Theatre
JANUARY 2019

JUNK OPENING NIGHT

APRIL 2019

 

THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

"FEMINISM IS DEAD, DEAR. HAVEN'T YOU HEARD? THEY KEEP TRYING TO RESURRECT IT, BUT IT'S NOT GOING TO TAKE."

Women's Voices Festival in DC. Quote is from Way of the World by Theresa Rebeck.

 

BIO

Elan Zafir is a Canadian actor based in Washington, DC. He originated the role of Abaddon, in Olivier-nominated writer/director Yael Farber’s critically acclaimed adaptation of SALOME at Shakespeare Theatre Company, which garnered 7 Helen Hayes Awards including Best Ensemble. He played in Theresa Rebeck's comedy WAY OF THE WORLD opposite Kristine Nielsen.  Elan was cast by Mark Brokaw to play Nazari in the new play PAPER DOLLS which was developed through the Sundance Play Festival and the Public Theater. Elan was cast by Mark Wing-Davey to play Hamzi in Mona Mansour's THE VAGRANT TRILOGY which was developed through the Public Theater, and is a part of their 2019-2020 season. He will be a part of the official opening season of Simon Goodwin's first year as Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Theatre Company in the award winning play EVERYBODY by Brandon Jacob Jenkins. 

He graduated The Dome Professional Theatre Program of Montreal, and attended The Academy for Classical Acting University, under the tutelage of Michael Kahn, where he earned his MFA.

He wrote and performed in his one man show, The Unaccompanied Minor, which had its world premiere at the Asheville Fringe Festival, went on to perform at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and finally completed it's journey at the DC Fringe where Roger Catlin of The Washington Post called his play "A top pick of the fringe." Elan also studied improv at Upright Citizens Brigade, where he completed the rigorous program in just two years. Elan is an avid hiker and an amateur baker, who strongly believes his bagels are the second best in the city. 

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company:(Upcoming) There's Always the Hudson 

Arena Stage: (Upcoming) I Can't Talk About it Yet

Eureka Day   Mosaic Theatre

EVERYBODY   Shakespeare Theatre Company

Arena Stage: Junk: The Golden Age of Debt

The Folger Shakespeare Theatre: King John, Way of the World

Edinburgh Fringe/Capital Fringe: The Unaccompanied Minor*

*Written by Mr. Zafir

Shakespeare Theatre Company: Salomé*OthelloRomeo & Juliet 

*Helen Hayes Award Best Ensemble

Ford's Theatre: RagtimeTwelve Angry Men

Signature Theatre: Tender Napalm

Mosaic Theatre: Paper Dolls, The Vagrant Trilogy

Adventure Theatre: Jumanji* 

*Helen Hayes Award Outstanding Production

Rep Stage: Venus in Fur

The Welders: Happiness and Other Reasons to Die

Capitol Fringe: Ben&Lucille*

*Written by Mr. Zafir

New York Fringe: Leaf in the Mailbox*

*Written by Mr. Zafir

*Winner Best Ensemble Cast Award

Greenwich Street Theatre: Romeo and Juliet

Wings Theatre: Raft of the Medusa

Looking Glass Theatre: Cardboard Moon

Playwrights Horizon: Inner Workings of a Man

TheatreWorksUSA: Peter Pan

Producers Club: This is Your Life*

*Written by Mr. Zafir

*Finalist: Strawberry One-Act Festival

Lycean Theatre: Accomplice

Coconut Grove Playhouse: The Disputation 

Atwater Theatre: Look Back in Anger

GableStage: Arms and the Man 

Kennedy Center: Together Again After* [Workshop]

*Written by Mr. Zafir


Commercials:  SamsungMr. Roof, Vouchers, Wounded Warriors Project, Dominion Power, White64 Motors, Skip Doctor.


TV/Film credits: House of Cards, King of Crimes, Big Wolf on Campus, Apples, Milquetoast, Fairies, Nantucket Sun, Hit the Girl, Brand Management, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, A Child, Student Bodies, Discovery Channel, The Event, Making of the Mob, Turn, Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall, 

 

"I'm like Daniel Craig, but a little less pretty and a lot less talented."

Elan Zafir

 

THEATRE

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JUNK: THE GOLDEN AGE OF DEBT

Arena Stage

TWELVE ANGRY MEN

Ford's Theatre

Shakespeare Theatre Company

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KING JOHN

Folger Theatre

THE VAGRANT TRILOGY

Mosaic Theatre

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THE UNACCOMPANIED MINOR

Edinburgh Fringe, UK

Mosaic Theatre

WAY OF THE WORLD

Folger Theatre

Ford's Theatre

Shakespeare Theatre Company

Signature Theatre

OTHELLO

Shakespeare Theatre Company

Rep Stage

Adventure Theatre

BEN&LUCILLE

Atlas Theatre

EVERYBODY

Shakespeare Theatre Company

 

TV

SHARK WEEK

DISCOVERY CHANNEL

DIVER

 

ACTING REEL(S)

HOUSE OF CARDS

Gagick

COACH TAYLOR

A Friday Night Lights Spoof

CHANCE

Audition for "D"

MAKING OF THE MOB

AMC

SOPRANOS

Audition Material (Dramatic)

THIS IS THE END

Audition Material (Comedy)

COACH TAYLOR

A Friday Nights Lights Spoof #2

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL REEL

Mr. Roof, Airline Pilots Association

 

TEACHER/COACH

Private Lessons $50/an hour

Ever feel bad when you leave an audition?


Every actor I speak to dislikes the audition process—I’m lying—they HATE it. They dread the morning of; can’t stop thinking about it; can’t concentrate on anything—can’t seem to shake the impending doom… but of what?


Getting the opportunity to work?

To meet fellow artists?

Getting possibly the ONE chance to show people exactly how YOU would play the part?


I LOVE the audition process, and I will make you love it, too.


Happy to work with you on preparing your next audition. Whether it's Sides/Monologues/Call backs/On camera auditions—let's take the nerves out of the process and have fun.