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Ken Narasaki

Actor and playwright Ken Narasaki is a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition and the former literary manager and artistic associate at East West Players – the first Asian American Theater Company in the U.S.

Born in Seattle, he studied acting at the city's elite Cornish School of the Arts, as will as the famed American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

In 2002, he played the lead in a primetime German network series, "Zwei Profis," for which he spent two years shooting there.  He has also been featured in a recurring role on "Chicago Hope," and in a number of independent films and television movies.

Narasaki's recent stage appearances include Chay Yew's "A Winter People" at the Boston Court Theatre and the international co-production of "The Theory of Everything" for the Singapore Repertory Theatre and East West Players of Los Angeles. 

To date, he appeared in over 50 plays – including productions at the Asian American Theater Company of San Francisco (where he won the DramaLogue Award for  his performance in "Yankee Dawg You Die"),  Berkeley Repertory Theater, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, the Mark Taper Forum, the Sundance Institute, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Narasaki's play, "Ghosts and Baggage," had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Theater Center and readings at the Mark Taper Forum Asian Theater Workshop, ASK Theatre Projects, and the San Diego Asian American Repertory.  Another Narasaki work, "Innocent When You Dream," had readings at the East West Players, the Japanese American National Museum, Theatre Mu (Minneapolis) and the Asian American Repertory Theatre (San Diego).

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