Meet Your Instructor: Chi Muoi Lo
At the age of 10, Chi discovered his love for acting. By the ninth grade, Chi knew that acting was in his blood, and he entered the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts as a drama major. At Temple University, he was a theater major but grew restless after one year and decided to accept a full scholarship from San Francisco’s esteemed American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.). It was unprecedented for an eighteen year old to be accepted to the Master’s program there. By the age of 20, Chi had studied with 64 acting teachers. For over 30 years now, Chi has been acting, writing, directing, producing, and managing (see some of his acting work here).
Chi Muoi Lo is the owner of the production company, Black Hawk Entertainment and the CEO of the talent management company Allen Edelman Management.
A Career In Front of and Behind the Camera
Chi’s debut as an actor-writer-director with the feature film Catfish In Black Bean Sauce was met with great success and made Variety’s “Top 50 of 2001 Limited-Release Winner At The Box Office.” His next project is a television series called Life in Threes, inspired by a true story, written to span 7 seasons with 13 episodes each season. He has also written a half hour comedy TV pilot, Catfish In Black Bean Sauce inspired from the feature film by the same name.
As an actor, Chi had great success right out of the gate after he landed in Los Angeles. Chi left his mark with his outstanding performance starring in the critically acclaimed and highly rated Vanishing Son mini-series and starred in MOW Faith of My Father, Sucker Free City and Shannon’s Deal. Chi has also appeared as Guest Lead on numerous shows such as on Nip Tuck, Cold Case, Murder in The First, The Player, CSI, NYPD Blue, In The Heat Of The Night, Northern Exposure, Night Court, China Beach, Equal Justice, Tour Of Duty, Quantum Leap, and The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
His film credits include The Relic, Indecent Proposal, Hot Shots! Part Deux, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Kindergarten Cop.
While Catfish In Black Bean Sauce was a career achievement, Chi realized that he may have jumped into directing too soon, as it caused him to neglect his acting career. To get things back on track, he was determined to accomplish two things: purchase Allen Edelman Management, and create a non-profit acting group that gave him a place to seriously work on his craft.