Esther K. Chae is an award-winning actor, writer and TED fellow based in Los Angeles and New York. Her artistic work has been seen and heard on stage, television and film in the United States, Korea, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Italy, Nigeria and Russia. Her other plays include Ae-ri in Otherland, featuring Korean percussion music ‘samul-nori’ and Ddan dda ddan!!!, an absurd short play about a superwoman socket puppet and her struggles.
Chae graduated from the Yale School of Drama (MFA in Acting), the University of Michigan (MA in Theater Studies), and Korea University. She served as the Martin Luther King, Jr./Cesar Chavez/Rosa Parks Visiting Professor (University of Michigan), keynote speaker for the Arts Council of Korea and as a visiting artist at the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, founded by Anna Deavere Smith, at Harvard University.
Chae was born in Eugene, Oregon, grew up in Seoul, Korea, and has traveled all over the world. She has climbed Machu Picchu, the Indian Himalayas and Mt. Kilimanjaro. She lives with her husband in Santa Monica, CA.