Born and raised in Hampton Virginia, Yao is a first generation Ghanaian-American classically trained actor and storyteller. Regional credits include: INTIMATE APPAREL (Northlight Theatre); FENCES (American Players Theatre); HOMEBOUND, OHIO STATE MURDERs (Round House Theatre); CYMBELINE (Utah Shakespeare Festival Macbeth (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); MEASURE FOR MEASURE, TWELFTH NIGHT (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); RICHARD III, TWELFTH NIGHT (Houston Shakespeare Festival); OTHELLO, LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks). Education: M.F.A. in Theatre, University of Houston. Awards: Yao was listed as one of Houston’s best actors in 2017 for his performance as Booth, in Suzan Lori-Parks’ TOPDOG/UNDERDOG.
Recently Yao has received an honorary membership into Alpha Psi Omega (the National Theatre Honor Society) from his alma mater, Norfolk State University.
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