As a storyteller based in Chicago, I am searching for diverse versions of what it means to be Asian American. I am also interested in the intersection of faith, mental health, and cultural identity.
Rewinding to the beginning of my life, I was born and raised in sunny Tucson, Arizona. I spoke Mandarin with my parents at home from a young age, and grappled with the duality of my Chinese heritage and American culture. My creative outlets included performing in plays at school, playing piano, Chinese dance and painting. As often as I could, I would also write and direct our Christmas plays at church. I also joined a band, called Life Transforming Foundation, and toured in China, Taiwan, California, and Arizona with our original songs! I felt drawn from an early age to the art of live theatre and performance, but never considered it as a potential profession until college.
At Duke University, I gradually embraced an arts degree, and joined various performance groups on campus, including Antic Shakespeare, TemptAsians a cappella, Duke Student Broadcasting, and Duke Asian American Theater, where I directed DAAT's first full-length production, 'Ching Chong Chinaman' by Lauren Yee. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Psychology, and decided to receive further training at DePaul's MFA in Acting program.
At The Theatre School, I appeared in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Maria/Lisa Simpson), The House of Bernarda Alba (Angustias), The Veil (Hannah), The Cat in the Hat (The Fish), and The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra, Go! (Violet). My favorite regional credits include the world premiere of Hershel & The Hanukkah Goblins at Strawdog Theatre Company, Kentucky with The Gift Theatre, and Tiger Style! at Writer’s Theatre. Currently, I am an actress, real estate professional, and teaching artist working in Chicago.
I'm always looking to contribute to awesome projects! I'd love to meet you!