Reza Sixo Safai ’96, M.F.A. ’99 grew up in Palo Alto, Calif., and later attended UCLA where he was awarded the National Actor’s Theater Fellowship Award for acting. His short film The Mario Valdez Story, which he wrote, directed, edited, produced and starred in, won second prize at the Cannes International Film Festival. He also wore many hats for his feature, Sabotage, inspired by Spike Jonze and The Beastie Boys.
As an actor, on stage both in Los Angeles and New York, he has worked with such diverse talents as Peter Sellars, John C. Reilly, Ann Magnuson, Heather Woodbury, Martin Sherman and David H. Schweizer. Safai also wrote, produced and starred in Transplant, a critically acclaimed one-person show about the “Iranian James Bond.” He currently is producing several television and film projects. He is also a producer on the Off-Broadway world premiere of Tennessee Williams' final play, In Masks Outrageous and Austere. In addition, Safai serves on the board of directors of Trade City, a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts organization.
Safai continues to act in independent films as well, including Push, Dean Quixote, Amp, F-Stops, Meet Me in Montenegro, Prevertere, A Better Place Than This and 2011 Sundance Audience Award Winner and Spirit Award nominee Circumstance. Huffington Post declared "Go to [Circumstance to] start a movement to nominate Reza Sixo Safai, who deserves to be a frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor for an Oscar."
Safai lives happily in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife Hollace and their equally stunning daughter Starr.