Esther Chae

Esther Chae

3 Hearts Productions

Santa Monica, California (Greater Los Angeles Area)

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Esther Chae's Overview

  • Fellow at TED
  • Owner at 3 Hearts Productions
  • NetKAL Fellow at USC Center for Asian Pacific Leadership Program
  • Member at Screen Actors Guild
  • International Performing Arts Professional Series Lecturer at Arts Council Korea
  • King/Chavez/Parks Visiting Professorship at University of Michigan
  • Delegate at KIN Global
  • Acting Instuctor at New York Film Academy
  • Actor/Director at East West Players
  • Guest artist at Center Theater Group
  • NYU Performance studies TISCH Graduate School Guest Artist Lectuer at New York University
  • Member at Director's Lab West
  • Playwright/Actor at Asian American Writer's Workshop
  • Alumni at Yale Drama

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Esther Chae's Summary

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

Chae’s performances have been lauded as “talented” (Variety), “engaging” (Hollywood Reporter) – and may just “break your heart” (Asia Pacific Arts). Her life in Hollywood has been featured in a Korean Broadcasting Station (KBS) documentary.

Her solo performance So the Arrow Flies, about a North Korean spy and the Korean-American FBI Agent who pursues her, was featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (“a powerful and compelling script… fascinatingly gripping-ThreeWeeks Magazine), Ars Nova Theater Festival (NY) and the World Women’s Forum (Seoul) in 2008. This year it has been invited to TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference of which she is an inaugural fellow, CUNY’s Martin Segal Theater and NYU’s Performance Studies. The play is being adapted into a feature film script.

Believing strongly in the concept of inspirational education, Chae has taught and lectured at NYU's Tisch Performance Studies (mentor Anna Deavere Smith’s class), Yale School of Drama, USC, University of Baltimore, Maryland and Cal State San Marcos. She is a TED and USC NetKAL fellow and invited speaker at the 2008 International Women’s World Forum in Seoul.

She is a certified stage combatant, trained in Korean Drum and Mask dance and is proud to have trekked the Himalayan mountains (India, 4100m)- despite the altitude sickness.
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Professional actor, director and writer for stage, film and TV.
Speaker at panels and leadership forums (i.e. Renaissance Weekend, Yale Alumni events)

Ongoing Korean consultant for TV shows, film and video games (ABC’s LOST, S.W.A.T., The Shield, JAG etc.). Consulting, directing, coaching and casting actors, directors and producers for various Korean related projects.

Ongoing Coaching in various Asian accents and dialects for the stage, TV and film

Esther Chae's Experience



February 2009Present (5 years 8 months)


July 2008Present (6 years 3 months)

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Research industry

June 2007Present (7 years 4 months)



Screen Actors Guild

1999Present (15 years)

International Performing Arts Professional Series Lecturer

Arts Council Korea

20122012 (less than a year)

King/Chavez/Parks Visiting Professorship

University of Michigan

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

October 2010October 2011 (1 year 1 month)


KIN Global

20092011 (2 years)

The Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) is reframing the mission and role of a premier business school—as an independent convening platform for accelerating innovation dialogue and action. KIN Global 2009 was a defining moment for Kellogg, bringing together delegates from academia, government, non profits and a wide range of industries: healthcare, technology, defense, utilities and communications to workshop on ideas related to building global prosperity.

Acting Instuctor

New York Film Academy

Educational Institution; 51-200 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry

July 2009April 2010 (10 months)


East West Players

20022009 (7 years)

Guest artist

Center Theater Group

2005May 2007 (2 years)

NYU Performance studies TISCH Graduate School Guest Artist Lectuer

New York University

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

August 2006December 2006 (5 months)


Director's Lab West

20052005 (less than a year)


Asian American Writer's Workshop

19992001 (2 years)


Yale Drama

19971999 (2 years)

Esther Chae's Skills & Expertise

  1. Directing
  2. Film
  3. Television
  4. Stage
  5. Casting
  6. Theatre
  7. Editing
  8. Entertainment
  9. Public Speaking

Esther Chae's Education

Yale University

MFA, Acting


University of Michigan

MA, Theater Studies


University of Michigan - Rackham Graduate School

Master of Arts (M.A.), Theater Studies


Korea University

BA, French Literature


University of Melbourne

BA, Arts/ 1yr Exchange program


Esther Chae's Additional Information


Travel (Trekked Himalayan Mountains 1400m, India) , Diversity issues, Asian American Political empowerment, Basketball, Rollerblading

Groups and Associations:

MEMBERSHIP & PUBLICATIONS Yale Club of Southern California Board Member Yale At Large Delegate Committee Member Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG), 1999 to present. American Federal TV & Radio Assocation, (AFTRA), 1999 to present. Actor’s Equity Assocation (AEA), 1999 to present. Director’s Lab West member. Pasadena Playhouse, Spring 2005 & 2006. Producer’s Guild of America Film Development Workshop, Fall 2005. Asian American's for Democracy Unversity of Michigan Entertainment “Interview with Park Chanwook” BOMB Magazine 40th Aniversary Edition, Summer 2006., KAFSC

Honors and Awards:

2008 Korean Wave (Hallryu) Asia Star Award
2006 Vision Award by The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in
Communications (“Cinema AZN/ International Channel)
2005 AFTRA Best American Scene Award (“Micro Miniseries”/ABC)
2005 Golden Reel Award, Best Radio Play (“Hiroshima”/w Tyne Daly and
Ruby Dee)
2000 NY Obie Theater Award Nom. (“Pojagi”/Ping Chong and Co.)
2001 Ammy Award for Asian Americans, Best Documentary Nom.
(“Becoming an actor in NYC”)

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