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Full Name  Esther K. Chae
Books  So the Arrow Flies
Hangul  채경주
Role  Actress
Occupation  Actor
Name  Esther Chae
Nationality  United States
McCune–Reischauer  Ch'ae Kyongju

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Alma mater  Yale University, University of Michigan, Korea University
Residence  Santa Monica, California, United States
Education  Yale School of Drama, Korea University, Yale University, University of Michigan

Revised Romanization  Chae Gyeong-ju

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Esther Chae (Hangul: 채경주; RR: Chae Gyeong-ju) is a Korean-American actress and writer. Chae has appeared in numerous television shows such as NCIS, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The West Wing, The Shield, and ER. She has also performed on theater stages including Yale Repertory Theater, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Mark Taper Forum/ Kirk Douglas Theater, East West Players, P.S. 122, and Harvard/American Repertory Theater. Chae was among the inaugural class of TED fellows in 2009. She wrote and performed in So The Arrow Flies, an 80-minute one-woman performance about a North Korean spy and the FBI agent that hunts her down. It touches on post-9/11 themes of terrorism, political ideology, national identity and mother-daughter relationships.


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Early life and education

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Chae is the daughter of Dr. Hi-kyung Chae and Mrs. Inja Chae. She was born in Eugene, Oregon, and at the age of five moved to Seoul, South Korea.

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She graduated from Korea University with a B.A. in French Literature. Upon graduation, she returned to the United States. Chae earned her M.A. in Theater Studies at the University of Michigan and her M.F.A in Acting at the Yale School of Drama.


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In 1995, Chae's first professional acting role was playing a lead in Velina Hasu Houston's acclaimed play, Tea, at the Performance Network in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has taught and lectured at the Yale School of Drama, University of Southern California, California State University, San Marcos, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Performance Studies and the New York Film Academy. See credit section below for details.

Notable awards and recognition

In 2010, Chae received the 2010 APA Heritage Trailblazer Award by New York governor David Paterson. That year, she also received the 2010 University of Michigan Emerging Artist Alumni Award & King/Chavez/Parks Visiting Professorship and Emerging Artist Award.

In 2009, she was one of the inaugural 2009 TED Fellows. At the conference she performed an excerpt from her solo performance So The Arrow Flies.

In 2008, Chae was invited to the University of Southern California's Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL) Fellowship Program which promotes community leadership among successful second-generation Korean-Americans.

In 2007, Chae was awarded the Korean Wave Asia Star Award which was nationally and internationally televised throughout South Korea, Philippines, China, and Japan.

3 Hearts Productions and So The Arrow Flies

In 2009, Chae formed 3 Hearts Productions, a production company that enables Chae's artistic work in producing, writing, directing, and acting to reach a larger global audience.

Chae's solo performance So The Arrow Flies is about a Korean- American FBI agent that pursues a North Korean spy. The performance debuted at New York's Estrogenius Festival in 2007. Since then, it has been featured at a TED conference, Ars Nova Theater (New York City), Cherry Lane Theater (New York City), World Women's Forum (Seoul, South Korea), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), October Nights Theater Festival (Imola, Italy), and educational institutions such as New York University and City University of New York's Martin Segal Theater Center.

Personal life

Chae is fluent in English and Korean, and knows some French and written Chinese. Chae is certified stage combatant, and is trained in Korean Drum and Mask dance. Recently, she summited Kilimanjaro (Tanzania, 5,895m) and trekked the Himalayan Mountains (India, 1400m).

Awards and recognition

  • 2010 Asian American Trailblazer Award
  • 2010 University of Michigan Emerging Artist Alumni Award
  • 2009 TED Fellow
  • 2007 Korean Wave Asian Star Award at the Asia Model Festival Awards
  • 2008 NetKAL Fellowship
  • 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" with Tyne Daly and Ruby Dee)
  • 2001 Ammy Award for Asian Americans, Best Documentary Nominee ("Becoming an Actress in NYC")
  • 2000 Obie Theater Award Nominee ("Pojagi"/Ping Chong and Co.)
  • References

    Esther K. Chae Wikipedia

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