How it all started
After being adopted from An Khe (a town in Vietnam), I was raised in Seattle, WA where I followed in my sister's footsteps by joining team sports. Somewhere along the way, I traded my basketball shoes for jazz shoes. This decision sparked a passion for theatre that would lead me to incredible youth programs at prominent Seattle regional theatres, performing on the stages of the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre and ArtsWest Playhouse.
This spark then led me all the way to Boston, MA where I graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Musical Theatre. In addition to performance coursework and projects, I served as the Co-Chair of POWER (Protesting Oppression With Educational Reform), an activist collective of students of color.
Now based in New York City, I strive to create an inclusive and equitable community in my work, both in the audience and within the company. I believe that theater with authentic representation can begin to dismantle outdated and harmful beliefs, bringing about cultural revolution
News and Updates
Returning to TYA and New Work, Max is ecstatic to be joining TheaterWorksUSA's innaugural tour of Dot, Dot, Dot: A New Musical by Keelay Gipson and Sam Salmond, with direction by Jesca Prudencio.
He will be playing Leon/Painting of Whaterever and Others, teaching kids all up and down the East Coast how to create bravely.
Max is thrilled to be spending June-July of 2023 rehearsing and performing in Beauty and the Beast at the Summer Theatre of New Canaan in CT.
He appears as part of the Ensemble, and is also the LeFou U/S.
In February 2023, Max joined the cast of The Monkey King at the Queens Theatre (directed by Steven Eng) as the Male Understudy (for Jade Emperor, Dragon King, and Immortal of the Forest)
He was very grateful to finally get connected with NYC's vibrant Asian theatre community and play even a small part in bringing this story to life!
In October 2022, Max was lucky enough to join Round Room Live's touring production of Baby Shark Live! directed and choreographed by Jaimie Selke.
He is a part of the ensemble and featured playing Major Penguin, one of the Forest Rangers and Santa in the Holiday version!
For Show dates, locations and ticket info, click here
For one night only, Max had the pleasure of joining the Drunk Musicals cast of Bitches the Musical (a parody of Heathers) as part of the ensemble!
Much love to the entire DM team for the fun filled experience.
Following the closing of Shrek, Max made his way to Ft. Myers, FL to join the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre's production of the Wizard of Oz as a member of the ensemble!
He is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to do what he loves and soak up some sunshine while at it!
Max was so grateful to spend the first part of the Summer of 2022 at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, performing in Shrek the Musical directed by Quin Gresham and Choregraphed by Phillip Attmore.
He performed in the ensemble as Peter Pan, and one of the Dragon Puppeteers among other roles
Max is thrilled to be making his NYC theatre/Off Broadway debut with Vital Theatre Company's Pinkalicious the Musical as Peter Pinkerton!
The show has an open ended run, playing at Soho Playhouse on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am! Click here for more information + ticket details
In early November 2021, Max was lucky enough to join the Emerson BFA class of 2021 for one of the first in person NYC showcases since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanks to this opportunity, Max was able to meet and ultimately gain representation from the Hell's Kitchen Agency!