BD Wong will kick off his Residency with the Center for the Arts and Humanities from October 4-8, 2021, and will return for Residencies in winter and spring of 2022.
BD Wong is an award-winning actor on stage and on screens both large and small. He debuted on Broadway as the lead in M. Butterfly, a role that earned him all five major New York theatre awards—the only actor ever to do so. He has received an Emmy nomination for his role in USA Network’s Mr. Robot, and appears in the Jurassic Park films, Law and Order: SVU, American Horror Story, and Comedy Central’s Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, among many others. He co-wrote and directed the musical adaptation of Mr. Holland’s Opus for stage and is currently developing a new musical, Heading East.
BD Wong is also a committed activist on behalf of Asian-American and LGBTQ+ rights. He is the author of a memoir about queer parenthood, winner of the GLAAD Davidson/Valenti award, an advocate for The Trevor Project’s “It Gets Better” project, and affiliated with Rosie’s Kids, which provides free performing arts classes for public school children.
About the Frank Sinatra Chair in the Performing Arts
The Frank Sinatra Chair in the Performing Arts was established in 1980 with initial funds from the proceeds of the 14th Annual Golden Circle Theatre Party, headlined by Frank Sinatra. Sinatra Artists-in-Residence energize the arts at Santa Clara University, inspiring our students and bringing life to our mission in a way that is tangible: experiencing the reality and thinking critically about the world in order to emphasize and engage constructively. Previous Chairs include Rhiannon Giddens, Taye Diggs, W. Kamau Bell, Anna Deavere Smith, and Silk Road Ensemble.