A 2022 Black Theatre Alliance nominee, Yao is a first generation Ghanaian American. He is a classically trained actor who strives to create the classics of the future.
Yao isn't only an actor, but is also an up-and-coming- playwright and director. "Giving original stories a standing ovation"; Yao is an advocate for African authenticity both dialectally & culturally on the stage, in film, and television.
SAFD certified in Hand to Hand combat, single sword/broad sword/rapier & dagger.
Selected theatre credits include; REGIONAL: KING LEAR; Shakespeare Theatre company, ROUTES; Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, NOLLYWOOD DREAMS, OHIO STATE MURDERS, & HOMEBOUND; RoundHouse Theatre, INTIMATE APPAREL; Northlight Theatre, FLY; Capital Repertory Theatre, CYMBELINE; Utah Shakespeare Festival
Listed from left to right below:
Yao as Othello at Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (2018)
Yao as George in Intimate Apparel at Northlight Theatre (2020)
Yao as Cory in Fences at American Players Theater (2019)
Yao as Macduff in Macbeth at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (2019)
Yao as Gbenga in Nollywood Dreams at RoundHouse Theatre (2022)