Ara Woland has been described as a chameleon, transforming fluidly into vastly diverse roles, from an Islamist radical to an Armenian transgender, from a Soviet ministry official to a 30-year-old Jewish virgin. His expressive eyes, ethnically ambiguous look, palpable depth and intense presence allow him to physically and emotionally portray characters of complex nature. Ara's acting career began in theatre at the age of ten. In his twenties he started producing and acting in films. In 2016, Ara won the Indie Soul Best Actor Award at the Boston International Film Festival for his performance in 12 Kilometers, a film he also co-produced. He is better known for his role in Welkome Home, a feature film that screened at dozens of festivals worldwide, had a nationwide theatrical release in Russia in 2014, and aired for millions of viewers via NTV Plus in 2015. Currently Ara has several projects in post-production, most notably a coming of age feature film Pinsky. He is trilingual, and has been trained in method acting, pantomime and classical piano. Ara is currently based in LA and NYC.