Author: So the Arrow Flies

Esther K. Chae is an award-winning actor/writer based in Los Angeles and New York. Her artistic work has been seen and heard in the US, Korea, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Italy and Russia. Her numerous credits as a performer include TV shows NCIS, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, 24, The Shield, Night Stalker; and theatre stages such as Yale Repertory Theater, La Mama, Mark Taper Forum/ Kirk Douglas Theater, P.S. 122 and Harvard/A.R.T.

Chae's performances have been lauded as "talented" (Variety), "engaging" (Hollywood Reporter) - and "the willowy actress [with] subtle physicality" (LA Times). Her life in Hollywood has been featured in a Korean Broadcasting Station (KBS) documentary.

Her most recent solo performance So the Arrow Flies, about a North Korean spy and the FBI Agent who hunts her down, was invited to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival ("a powerful and compelling script... fascinatingly gripping" - ThreeWeeks Magazine), Ars Nova Theater Festival (NY) , World Women's Forum (Seoul), 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 film script incorporating live performance and animation.

Chae graduated from the Yale School of Drama with an MFA in Acting, the University of Michigan with an MA in Theater Studies, and Korea University.

Awards & Recognitions

  • University of Michigan Emerging Artist Alumni Award
  • TED Fellow
  • Tanne Artist Recognition Award
  • Durfee ARC Grant
  • Asian Women's Giving Circle Grant
  • Santa Fe Art Institute Screenwriting Fellow
  • University of Southern California, Center for Asia Pacific Leadership NetKAL (Networking for Korean-Americans) Fellow
  • Korean Wave (Hallryu) Asia Star Award
  • Vision Award by The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications
  • AFTRA Best American Scene Award (“Micro Miniseries”/ABC)