CHUK OBASI is an American playwright, poet, actor, director, and dancer/choreographer in stage, television, and film, as well a social justice advocate. He holds a BA in Communication (double minor in Musical Theatre and Dance) from SUNY Geneseo, where he graduated in 2005. To date he has written or co-written three plays as well as many short plays among other writing accomplishments. Many of his works address current social issues with the intent of fostering self-reflection and constructive dialogue. His most recent work, Uniform Justice, a new timely, critically acclaimed play which addresses the search to transform conflicts between law enforcement and community, was last produced at the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival.
In addition to his current personal projects, Obasi currently serves as an arts administrator at Intersections International, where he was originally commissioned to write and direct Uniform Justice. Obasi also currently serves as a Writer, Choreographer, and Audience Facilitator for STAR Theater (Serving Teens through Arts and Research), Teaching Artist with the National Dance Institute, and Associate Artistic Director for the Intersections Dance Collective.
As a social justice advocate, Obasi has worked as Senior Trainer for the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, company member with "Theatre of the Oppressed"-based HAI (Hospital Audiences Inc.), playback theatre-based Village Playback Theatre, and former President of Men of Action and Change (MAC), a local service organization based at SUNY Geneseo. He has also presented, taught, and performed at high schools and colleges across the country on various subjects pertaining to using the arts for social change.
Other notable plays that Obasi has co-written include Cadence: Home and Under the Veil. Other notable written works include “Stonewall” (Industrial) and Real Talk with Dr. Fillup (Short Play).
A New York native raised in the Bronx, Obasi currently resides in Manhattan with his wife and two sons. Upcoming projects include: There's Something About America (co-writer/ actor), directed by John Gould Rubin and set to premiere in 2016; a new operetta, currently untitled, set for a three-week residency at the Kraine Theatre in 2016 (co-writer/ choreographer); three independent films scheduled to shoot late 2015 and early 2016 (actor).