VANESSA KAI can currently be seen as a series regular on the CW's Kung Fu, now filming its third season.
Kai is an actor, collaborator, and a native New Yorker with an extensive theater background. She was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as 'Ruby' in the world premiere of KPOP, produced by ARS NOVA in association with Ma-Yi Theater + Woodshed Collective.
Additional Off Broadway credits include the world premiere of THE PAIN OF MY BELLIGERENCE at Playwrights Horizons; HENRY VI with the National Asian American Theatre Company; SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER (world premiere) at Second Stage Theater; and THE ARCHITECTURE OF BECOMING (world premiere) with the Women’s Project Theater at New York City Center. Select regional theater credits include RICHARD, JANE, DICK, AND SALLY at Baltimore Center Stage and TOP GIRLS, directed by Tony Nominated Liesl Tommy at Huntington Theater.
Kai has helped develop new works at Steppenwolf Theatre, New York Stage and Film, Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwrights Realm, Two River Theater, The New Group, The Lark, Play On Shakespeare in association with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New Dramatists, and others.
She has also been featured on New Amsterdam, Orange Is The New Black, Gotham, and The Mysteries of Laura.
Kai lives in Brooklyn, NY.