My name’s Yichao. I am a writer and actor currently living in LA. I was born in Kunming, Yunnan, China but lived in Arizona since age 1.5. In 2010, I moved to California, and have been here in LA since then (with the occasional summer escapades to New York, Edinburgh and New Haven, CT).
I’m a staff writer for a Chinese sitcom set (and produced/filmed) in Los Angeles. I also am a creative writer, project coordinator and translator for Rhetroactive, a themed entertainment design company. (Basically, I get to help make up the stories behind the rides, attractions, and parks we work for.)
I am also a playwright. My plays have received honors from the Kennedy Center (10 Minute Play Regional Finalist 2014, Stephen Paul Lim Award 2012, 2013) and has been semi-finalists for the National Playwright’s Conference (2011, 2013, 2014). My plays have also been produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2013), at Boston College as part of the Art Festival by AHANA Collective Theatre (2013), and at community theaters in California and Arizona.
My current focus is on improv and film work. My troupe, Tall Grande Venti, recently won the Golden Gate Regionals of the College Improv Tournament (2014). I’ve also had the pleasure of working on several awesome webseries.
MFA in Acting: California Institute of the Arts, Valencia CA
BFA in Theater and English: Arizona State University, Tempe AZ
National Theater Institute: O’Neill Theater, Hartford, CT (Jeff Janisheski, et. al)
more about Yichao on www.michaelyichao.com