In Chicago's acting community, "Miss Mia" has co-hosted the kid's music TV show, Chic-A-Go-Go, since 1997. Mia began her on camera career in 2000 and performed in her first professional play in 2006. She has joined the acting unions SAG, AFTRA, and AEA. In addition to MCing, Mia enjoys voice over work. Mia brings the joy of acting and lots of laughter with every project. Mia co-founded the Asian American theater company, A-Squared Theatre Workshop in 2006 and continues to be an advocate for Asian American representation in the acting community.
On stage, Mia has performed at the Goodman Theatre, Silk Road Rising, Collaboraction and has worked with Court Theatre, A-Squared Theatre Workshop, Halcyon Theater, About Face Theater, Chicago Children's Theatre and other fine companies.
On television, Mia is the recurring character, Nurse Beth, on NBC's Chicago Med and had a recurring role on the Starz series, BOSS. She appears seasonally on NBC's Chicago Fire and acted on Chicago P.D., APB, and Shameless. Mia has also filmed many commercials for television and the internet. See highlights of her commercial work here.
On film, Mia has acted in several independent films as well as in the feature films The Lakehouse and The Other Guys. See her IMDb account for more film credits.
Mia is the entertainment correspondent for Ascene Chicago and reviews performances that feature Asian and Asian American performers, creators and themes. Mia is represented for film, stage, print and voice over by Gray Talent Group. View her resume here.
I've currently got a few commercials running, now. Here's my favorite: 2017 News: I continued to play Nurse Beth on NBC's show, Chicago Med. Also, I've done dozens of readings in playwright development classes and am thrilled at my own playwriting path. I've submitted short plays for production and am applying for playwright residencies in Chicago. I really love playwriting! And, the Chicago Asian American Acting Industry Meetup group I organize is still hosting successful workshops and events.
2016 News: In November, I began organizing an educational workshop series for Asian American actors. With the help of friends, I'm excited to be a part of a movement to rally Asian American theater and film artists to empower ourselves by sharpening our acting skills. I'm also shooting another Chicago Med episode. Fun!
In September and October, I performed at the Goodman Theatre in their workshop production of "The King of Hell's Palace". It's a heavy, dark comedy. I also shot a commercial and episodes of Chicago Med and APB.. A fun and active acting month, for sure.
In August, I shot a commercial for BF Goodrich tires, AARP and loved being a glorified bookshop customer in the indie film, "Signature Move".
In July, I shot a hysterical webisode of "Beta Males" and my mug appeared all over network cable, TV and in Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech promo video as I stood on the floor on the Democratic National Convention.
In May, I did a print job that was a joy to shoot. I also shot a web commercial for Esurance.com.
In March and April, I shot a few episodes of Chicago Med as the recurring character, Nurse Beth Cole. I love shooting episodic TV and the Med crew is mega nice. I also shot my first episode of Chicago P.D. making me the most nursiest of nurses since, in Dick Wolf's Chicago shows, I've played seven types of nurses.
In April, I performed in the staged reading of Sarah Ruhl's "The Oldest Boy" at Goodman Theatre to benefit survivors of the Nepal earthquake that occurred exactly one year earlier.
In January, I read at a pro-choice event at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago. This performance celebrated the 43rd anniversary of Roe V Wade. Curated by Tanya Palmer at Goodman Theatre, I was honored to be a part of this important event.
2016 is a fantastic acting year, so far - I'm grateful to have done more comedy on stage and in commercials. I've filmed TV episodes and do more funny business because I love expressing my fun loving, goofy side. Take a look at some of my funnier commercials here.
Recent theater highlights include currently rehearsing Lua Na and Dr. Gao in "The King of Hell's Palace" at Goodman Theatre and in "The Upstairs Concierge" also at the Goodman Theatre in 2015. I'm fortuante to work with such amazing people. In 2014, I understudied the Pulitzer Prize winning play, "Water By The Spoonful" at Court Theatre and played Mel in Silk Road Rising's production of "The Hundred Flowers Project".
For more theatre credits, please see my resume here.