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Elan Zafir

Actor. Playwright.


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 Actor Reel (2023)

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East New York

"A Humbling Blues"

CBS's East New York: Season 1 Episode 20

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God of Carnage

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God of Carnage

By Yasmina Reza
Directed by Ryan Quinn

April 18 – May 14, 2023

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“Comic chaos... Hilarious!”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Engaging satire... Keeps you laughing.”

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“You’ll laugh because it’s ridiculous, you’ll laugh because it’s shocking, and you’ll laugh because it’s really, really funny.”


“Four brilliant actors…blends sharp dialogue with startling physical feats of comedy.”


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NBC's LAW & ORDER: Season 22, Episode 17: 

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BEDLAM continues it's 10th anniversary season with two classic plays performed in repertory: nine actors will take on William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, adapted by Jon Robin Baitz, playing from October 5 through November 20, 2022 at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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"Life During Wartime"

CBS's Blue Bloods: Season 13, Episode 4: Frank Reagan heads both the police force and the Reagan brood, a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement.

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FBI: International

"Chew Toy"

CBS's FBI: International: Season 1, Episode 11: When an NYPD officer is detained in Transnistria for aggravated assault, the Fly Team investigates his claims of infiltrating a sex trafficking ring being concealed by those in power. Also, Forrester receives an unusual message from an unknown sender.

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"The Protean"

NBC‘s The Blacklist: Season 8, Episode 18: The Task Force springs into action to stop an elusive assassin on Liz’s trail.

Watch it 05/21/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Friday)

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BEDLAM: The Series

"Which of you shall we say doth love us most?"





Created & Directed by Eric Tucker
Written by Eric Tucker & Musa Gurnis

BEDLAM: THE SERIES twists Shakespearean characters and plots we know and love – King Lear, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice– into a new story of love, deceit, betrayal and revenge. More The Sopranosthan doublet and hose, in BEDLAM you’ll find family drama, organized crime, and romantic comedy stewed together and told in Shakespeare’s own delicious words. This mini season enters you into this fractious, delightful world where everything may not be exactly as it seems – but it is BEDLAM.

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

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Elan Zafir is a Canadian actor based in New York City. 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. Elan was nominated for a James MacArthur Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for his work in Twelve Angry Men at Ford's Theatre, directed by Sheldon Epps. Elan was recently cast in the World Premiere of Ms. Rebeck's new play Enlightened; Mrs. Rebeck is set to direct. He shot a Krav-Maga western, Your Own; He was cast in a Shakespeare mashup with Bedlam, a critically acclaimed Off Broadway theatre company. He also Guest Starred on NBC's The Blacklist episode 818 "The Protean" as a killer with a heart of gold. (His description, not NBC's.) Elan most recently returned from Budapest, where he filmed an episode of FBI: International.

He graduated The Dome Professional Theatre Program of Montreal, and attended The Academy for Classical Acting University, 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. He has worked with Seth Barrish and Judy Gold on his newest solo show Jewface. Elan is an avid hiker, tennis enthusiast, pickleball player, and an amateur baker.

East New York: "A Humbling Blues"

Law & Order: "Bias"

The Milwaukee Rep: God of Carnage 

Blue Bloods: "Life During Wartime"

Bedlam: Hedda Gabler/The Winter's Tale (in rep)

FBI: International: "Chew Toy"

The Blacklist: "The Protean"

Bedlam: Bedlam The Series

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: There's Always the Hudson 

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

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TV/Film credits: FBI: International, The BlacklistHouse 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.

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Law & Order: Season 22 Ep. 17 "Bias"

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The Blacklist: Season 8 Ep. 18 "The Protean"

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BEDLAM: The Series

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WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE: At the Shakespeare Theatre, this play’s casting changes from night to night

October 2019


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God of Carnage

Milwaukee Rep



There's Always the Hudson

Woolly Mammoth Theatre


Shakespeare Theatre Company

JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt

Arena Stage


Ford's Theatre

Shakespeare Theatre Company

King John

Folger Theatre

The Vagrant Trilogy

Mosaic Theatre

Way of the World

Folger Theatre

Mosaic Theatre

Ford's Theatre

Shakespeare Theatre Company

The Unaccompanied Minor

Edinburgh Fringe, UK

Signature Theatre


Shakespeare Theatre Company

The Welders

Rep Stage

Adventure Theatre


Atlas Theatre

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