Esther K. Chae

Esther K. Chae is an award-winning actor/writer based in Los Angeles and New York. Her artistic work has been seen and heard in the US, Korea, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Italy and Russia. Her numerous credits as a performer include TV shows NCIS, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, 24, The Shield, Night Stalker; and theatre stages such as Yale Repertory Theater, La Mama, Mark Taper Forum/ Kirk Douglas Theater, P.S. 122 and Harvard/A.R.T.

Chae’s performances have been lauded as “talented” (Variety), “engaging” (Hollywood Reporter) – and “the willowy actress [with] subtle physicality” (LA Times). Her life in Hollywood has been featured in a Korean Broadcasting Station (KBS) documentary.

Her most recent solo performance So the Arrow Flies, about a North Korean spy and the FBI Agent who hunts her down, was invited to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (“a powerful and compelling script… fascinatingly gripping” – ThreeWeeks Magazine), Ars Nova Theater Festival (NY) , World Women’s Forum (Seoul), TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference of which she is an inaugural fellow, CUNY’s Martin Segal Theater and NYU’s Performance Studies. She is adapting the solo performance into a multi-charactered film script.

Chae graduated from the Yale School of Drama with an MFA in Acting, the University of Michigan with an MA in Theater Studies, and Korea University. Her honors include Asian American Trail Blazer Award by NYS Governor Paterson (2010), University of Michigan Emerging Artist Alumni Award & King/Chavez/Parks Visiting UM Professorship (2010) and Korean Wave Asian Star Award (2007) More info at


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