Pooya Mohseni
Actor/Filmmaker/Activist


Pooya Mohseni is an Iranian-American actor, writer, filmmaker and Trans activist. Born and raised in Tehran, Iran she moved to New York at the age of 19. She studied design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she discovered her love of acting and story telling after joining the FIT theatre ensemble. She is a graduate of the esteemed Maggie Flanigan Studio.

She is the co-producer, star & co-writer of "Transit: A NYC FAIRYTALE", a short film about love between a trans woman and a cis man, coming out in 2020. Pooya is the first middle eastern trans actor on network television to portray a judge on season 21 of NBC's "Law & Order: SVU",and is a recurring guest star on the new crime drama "Big Dogs", the first season of USA Network's "Falling Water" and CBS's "Madam Secretary."

Pooya's fluent in Persian(Farsi), a transgender advocate, and a voice for immigrants’ and women’s issues. She is a member of the advisory council for the Gender and Family Project at the Ackerman Institute. She has also written articles for the Advocate and other platforms, shedding light on the different aspects of being trans, in the past, the present and future. She's very involved in writing and co-writing original LGBT stories to shed light on otherwise under represented communities.