Welcome to Alberto Isaac's official web page.
Alberto Isaac is a veteran award-winning actor/director based in
Los Angeles. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Drama for 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
Other directing credits
include CLAIM TO FAME, TROJAN WOMEN, 10 TO LIFE (Lodestone Theatre); and the
world premiere’s 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), 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.
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.