My name is Ryaan Farhadi (pronounced “Rye” like the bread, then “On”) and I am a first-generation Iranian and Afghan American who was born and raised in the DC area. Growing up, I discovered my passion for singing and performing at a young age and fostered it throughout my years in school performing in a variety of musicals, choral ensembles, plays and dance studios. After spending years training and gaining experience, I decided to pursue my passions at the collegiate level and chose to attend Penn State University to train in Musical Theatre.
I am currently entering my fourth year as a student in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Penn State University while also earning a minor in Political Science. The rigorous and highly personalized training program at Penn State has helped me experience so much personal growth and shaped me into the artist and human that I am today. It has also given me opportunities to perform in a number of full scale musical productions, plays, concerts, readings, new works, and dance pieces that have stretched and challenged me as an artist and helped me adapt to a professional working environment.
While at Penn State, I have performed as Benny in Rent, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Archie Beaton in Brigadoon, and Roy in A Chorus Line. I’ve also gotten the chance to be a part of the development of some exciting new musical theatre works including Nostalgia Night by Matthew McCollum and Sofya Levitsky-Weitz and The Lucky Boy by Kirsten Childs.
Upon graduating in the spring of 2023, I plan to move to New York City where I am thrilled to continue making and sharing my art alongside incredible artists and collaborators.
Next Up! Ryaan will be appearing as Benny in Penn State Centre Stage’s production of RENT, performing from November 15th to December 3rd.