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Wai Yim

Actor, Director, Choreographer, & Playwright

Originally from Hong Kong, Wai Yim is an actor, director, choreographer, and playwright. He is the Managing Director of Token Theatre in Chicago. As a trilingual artist who speaks Cantonese, English, and Mandarin, Wai has been active in the Chicago theater scene since 2012.

Chicago credits: Mary Zimmerman’s The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and The White Snake, A Christmas Carol, The King of Hell’s Palace, Postnation, King of the Yees (Goodman Theatre); Chimerica (TimeLine Theatre); and Speaking of Then (Silk Road Rising). Regional credits: Mary Zimmerman’s The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Old Globe), The White Snake (McCarter Theatre, The Old Globe, Wuzhen Theatre Festival in China); The Oldest Boy (Unicorn Theatre); Nomad Motel (Horizon Theatre Company). Film credits: North of the 10 and Fatal Influence: Like, Follow, Survive. TV credits: Work in Progress, The Chi, Power Book IV: Force, neXt, Chicago PD, and Patriot. His semi-autobiographical play, The Emperor and The Fool (Chronicles of the House of Yim) was workshopped at BLUEBARN Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska, and won the OEAA (Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards) for Outstanding Premiere of a New Script. Wai also won the OEAA Outstanding Director for The Chinese Lady at BLUEBARN. 

Featured Artworks

  •  Person lays in bathtub has light beams down on them from above The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci Goodman Theatre
  •  Personal in traditional Chinese clothing looks down on audience member as person walks behind them leaning over a cane. The White Snake Goodman Theatre
  •  Person sitting behind desk looks at the camera with mouth wide open WORK IN PROGRESS Showtime

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