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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 14 September 1967New York City, New York, USA
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Keisuke Hoashi has booked principal roles in 80 national commercials, including major campaigns for Wells Fargo, Fedex, Amgen, Citibank, McDonald's, Yamaha, Sprint, ING, Fidelity Investments, and Bank of America. Legendary commercial director Joe Pytka has cast him multiple times in spots for IBM, American Express, and GE.

Keisuke (pronounced "CASE-kay") began his acting career while living in Albany, NY, performing as the lead singer/dancer in The Galway Players production of "My Fair Lady" while pursuing his Master of Science degree in Technical Communications from RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). He also played the roles of Elisha J. Whitney in "Anything Goes" at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY; a Mohawk Indian in "Hearts of Fire" at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady, NY; and Mr. Thomson in "1776" with the theatre company "90 Miles Off Broadway" in New Paltz, NY.

After graduating, he moved to the NCR Corporation in El Segundo, CA, where in addition to working as an Information Product Developer for the Teradata Relational Database Management System Documentation set, Keisuke signed with his agent Susan Nathe and quickly started booking commercials.

Keisuke moved into full-time acting after being RIFed/laid off from NCR in 1998. Continuing to eschew traditional Asian roles, he performed in stage productions with the Venture West Theatre Company; the Classical Theatre Lab; Gily Productions; and Fire Rose Productions. He also appeared with John Stuart Wildman and Phil Lamaar in the sketch comedy show "A Life in the Theatre and Beyond" at the Secret Rose Theatre, in which he played every ethnicity but Asian.

Keisuke created the world's first Martial Arts Musical Comedy, "Memoirs of a Ninja," with composer Brian Lewis. Their satirical work won five Maddy Awards, five Garland Award nominations, and was honored as being among "The Best of Theatre 2000" by NiteLife After Dark magazine. Keisuke earned another Maddy Award for his portrayal of "Sakini" in "The Teahouse of the August Moon" for FireRose Productions.

In 2005, Keisuke joined the faculty of the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, NY. There he took over the musical theatre program, transforming it into a creative production workshop and giving the campers (ages 10-22) the chance to write, compose, produce, and perform their own original shows.

The next year, Keisuke helped to found the New York Summer Music Festival, a summer music camp in Oneonta, NY. From 2006-2013, he served as the festival's Resident Actor; Director of Communications; and Master of Ceremonies for over 500 public performances.

Keisuke's teaching career continued there as well, as the Director of the NYSMF Writing & Acting Program. In the course of teaching daily classes in Acting, Filmmaking, and an Original Musical Theatre Workshop, Keisuke produced more than 20 original one-act musicals and over 100 short films -- all of which were written, directed, composed, and filmed by his students, some as young as 10 years of age.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Keisuke Hoashi

Trivia (10)

Holds a Masters Degree in Technical Communication with a Graphics Certificate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY.
BA English Writing from Potsdam College, State University of New York. Award for Excellence in Journalism. Graduated only one credit short of earning a second BA in Music.
Worked as a technical writer, graphic designer, and project manager at AT&T Global Information Systems, NCR, and IBM. Earned multiple awards for Educational and Information Product Development, focusing on computer-based and web-based training, years before such tools were in common usage.
Employed as writer, editor, and graphic designer for the New York State Assembly.
Attended the New York State Music Camp NYSMC 1982-1984 as a trumpet player. Twenty years later, was invited to join the faculty of the camp (renamed the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and Institute HCSMF&I) as their new Musical Theater instructor. Added new courses in Acting and Filmmaking for the first time in the camp's history, which began in 1947.
Los Angeles, California. [February 2014]
Was born in New York City to Jitsuo and Tomoe Hoashi, who immigrated to America from Japan in the 1960s. His father Jitsuo was a manga artist with Shogakukan in Tokyo; studied typography and graphic design with Osamu Tezuka in Kobe, Japan; and was the Promotion and Corporate Art Director of Esquire, Inc. Jitsuo founded Hoashi Studio, Inc. (later Hoashi Communications Inc.) on Madison Avenue in NYC in 1979, where Tomoe joined him as the firm's CFO.
Has two sisters.
A graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Other actors from Stuy include Lucy Liu, Tim Robbins, and Paul Reiser.
Suffered a minor sword wound while shooting a commercial on location in Segovia, Spain.

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