Esther Chae is an award-winning actor, published playwright and professor in acting

Esther Chae's work has been covered by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter. Her life in Hollywood was the subject of a Korean Broadcasting Station (KBS) documentary.

Her television roles include NCIS, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The West Wing, 24, The Shield and numerous national commercials; her theatre credits include Yale Repertory Theater, La Mama, Mark Taper Forum / Kirk Douglas Theater and Harvard/A.R.T.  

As a published playwright, Esther created and performed So the Arrow Flies, her internationally acclaimed solo performance about an alleged North Korean spy and the FBI agent who interrogates her. She has performed it around the world, on stages such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), Cherry Lane Theater (NYC), David Henry Hwang Theater (LA), October Nights Theater Festival (Italy) and Dongkuk Art Theater (Korea). The play is published by NoPassport Press (US) and Dong-In Publications (Korea). 

As an author, Esther has contributed two essays in the published books: Pho for Life: A Melting Pot of Thoughts (“Got Jeong” about how Koreans express the concept of love) and Miso for Life: A Melting Pot of Thoughts (“Notes from Nigeria” about her experience teaching acting in Nigeria) respectively.

Esther graduated from the Yale School of Drama (MFA in Acting), the University of Michigan (MA in Theater Studies) and Korea University. She currently teaches Advanced Acting for TV and Film at Emerson College (LA) and Presentation Skills for Business at Yonsei University International Summer School (Seoul). 

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Mitch Clem Management (Theatrical)

(818) 333 5002


Brick Entertainment (Commercial)

(818) 784-2000


                Lavin Agency                                    (SPEAKER)

(800) 265-4870