Biography of Roya Movafegh

Roya Movafegh is a multi-media artist. Born in Austria to Iranian parents, she and her family moved to Tehran in 1976 only to escape it five years later, due to the persecutions they faced as Bahá’ís. From an early age, she learned what it meant to be a foreigner, a person on the run, a refugee, and an immigrant. After living in Germany, the United States, and Canada, she moved to New York in 1997.

In addition to her photo publication in Eileen William’s Wishes in Black & White, featured on Oprah, her work has also appeared in Them=Us: Photographic Journeys Across Our Cultural Boundaries.

Much of her time has been devoted to developing art-based programs for children and youth dedicated to endeavors that highlight their inherent nobility, raise social awareness, and encourage becoming agents of change in the world they are inheriting.

Co-founder with Mehr Mansuri of The Children’s Theatre Company of New York (CTC) (, CTC has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, and the NY1 Parenting Report, and has performed several concerts for UNICEF with Nelson Mandela, James Earl Jones, Harry Belafonte, Wynton Marsalis, and other world dignitaries. They have also made appearances on NBC’s Today Show, Sesame Street, and Reading Rainbow.

Her journey has finally culminated in her debut novel, The People With No Camel, in which she not only gives voice to the plight of the Bahá’í community in Iran, but addresses concepts of freedom in the West.

  1. Bev Amanlee Choo-Foo
    October 10, 2010 at 12:42 am

    WOW I am in awe of all that you have accomplished Roya. Beautiful and Bravo! I will order your book immediately. Kind wishes, Amanlee

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