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Alberto Isaac is a veteran award-winning actor/director based in Los Angeles. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Drama from California State University, L.A. (where he won acting and directing awards), he became associated with the renowned Asian American theatre company, East West Players, appearing in, and directing many of their productions, as well as functioning, for several years, as literary manager.
His direction of such East West Players productions as ART, THE MAIDS, PERFORMANCE ANXIETY, STATION J, AND THE SOUL SHALL DANCE and YANKEE DAWG, YOU DIE received critical acclaim and many awards.
Other directing credits include CLAIM TO FAME, TROJAN WOMEN, 10 TO LIFE (Lodestone Theatre); and the world premieres of Ken Narasaki’s NO-NO BOY, INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM and GHOSTS AND BAGGAGE.
As an actor he appeared in dozens of East West productions, including EQUUS (Mr. Strang), THE THREE SISTERS (Tusenbach), RASHOMON (the Wigmaker), PACIFIC OVERTURES (Shogun’s Mother, French Admiral), TWELFTH NIGHT (Feste) and ACCOMPLICE (Derek).
He appeared in the world premiere of Jessica Hagedorn’s DOGEATERS at La Jolla Playhouse in the double roles of Senator Avila and “Uncle”, which he later reprised in the Center Theatre Group production at the Kirk Douglas. Other world premieres he has appeared in include Daniel Therriault’s THE WHITE DEATH at The Cast Theatre and Alice Tuan’s LAST OF THE SUNS and Philip Kan Gotanda’s FISH HEAD SOUP at Berkeley Rep. He also recreated the role of “Papa” in the latter play in the Seattle production at A Contemporary Theatre.
Other regional theatres he has appeared in include Mark Taper Forum (MADE IN BANGKOK), Odyssey Theatre (BLOOD WEDDING), A Noise Within (IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST), Lodestone Theatre Ensemble (TRAPEZOID, ROMEO AND JULIET) and Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., in the critically acclaimed revival of Gotanda’s THE WASH.
Film and television credits include the leading role in the independent film, BEYOND THE NEXT MOUNTAIN, three years as cranky Judge Neff in the series FAMILY LAW, guest appearances on COACH, MATLOCK, THE BILL COSBY SHOW, HAPPY DAYS, L.A. DRAGNET, THE SHIELD, THE WEST WING, J.A.G., MELROSE PLACE, HAWAII and appearing as the human alarm in the cult film, KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE. He is currently recurring as Joseph Chan in CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND.
Also a playwright, his adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s THE EMPEROR’S NIGHTINGALE and a children’s play, HOW JUAN FOUND HIS FORTUNE were produced at East West Players. His one act play CODA premiered at East West Players and was later produced in New York and in San Francisco, where it received a Bay Area Drama Critics Circle nomination for best new play.