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Johnny Wu (MFA - Actor)




Since I graduated from UC San Diego in 2009, I've been extremely fortunate in enjoying a balanced beginning to my career split between TV, film, and theatre.  Shortly after the MFA Actor Showcase, I moved to Los Angeles and was extremely excited to book two episodes on FOX's 24 where I worked with Kiefer Sutherland and Domenick Lombardozzi. Then, despite many auditions, all was quiet for about three months until I booked a guest star spot on CBS's Cold Case.

In February 2010, I started rehearsals for UC San Diego Playwriting professor Naomi Iizuka's beautiful play Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, directed by Les Waters (also a UC San Diego connection as he taught for the Department years before).  It was my first professional regional theater production, and I learned a great deal. What I realized the most was how much I missed the stage, live performance, and ultimately New York City, my home.

I moved back to New York in June 2011 and soon auditioned for a week-long workshop of David Henry Hwang's Chinglish.  I thought at the time, what a great opportunity to just meet David and critically-acclaimed director Leigh Silverman.  To my delight, I was cast for the workshop in November.  Due to the response from the workshop, I was offered a role in the world premiere production at Chicago's Goodman Theatre where the show enjoyed a completely sold-out run (including an extension week!)  At the time of this writing, we're just over three weeks into rehearsals for the Broadway production, with first previews starting October 11, 2011, and opening slated for October 27 at the Longacre Theatre.



Of Interest:

TheatreForum - An international theatre journal since 1992
La Jolla Playhouse - UCSD is home to this Tony Award winning theatre
UC San Diego Home Page - UC San Diego's Main Web Site
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