My career as an actor, singer and director spans more than 20 years. At the young age of 14, as part of a production of Big River at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, I realized that theatre was the path for me. I later earned my B.A. in Theatre with a minor in vocal music from Lambuth University where I led casts in such shows as The Fantasticks, The Diviners, and Amadeus. I also discovered my knack and love for directing, taking on children's theatre and mounting a fantastic main stage production of Terra Nova. My path took me to Los Angeles, where I continued my acting career in theatre, film and TV. Some of my favorites include Freddie the American in Chess, The Fool in King Lear, Arturo Ui in Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream performed both in L.A. and Frankfurt, Germany. As a director, I successfully brought to life such wonderful scripts as A Piece of my Heart, In the Heart of America and the controversial Marat/Sade. Within a few months of arriving to New York, I was cast as the Emcee U/S in a national tour of the musical Cabaret. Soon after my return, I booked the two-person Off-Broadway hit comedy Channeling Kevin Spacey in which I played 15 different characters and ran for a solid two years!
"I have always been impressed with Jamil's on-stage performances. He demonstrates mastery of the vocal and physical aspects of the craft by making bold choices with high energy and fierce wit. Offstage, he is friendly, passionate, and intelligent. I highly recommend working with him."
"I have personally casted Jamil Chokachi based on his phenomenal monologues. Perfectly executed, perfectly selected scripts catapulted Jamil to the forefront of my open call casting."
Elan Wolf Farbiarz
Channeling Kevin Spacey
"...Jamil Chokachi, plays all the other roles, ranging from an oily pickup artist to Charlie's crush, a sweet female bagel-shop clerk. Slipping in and out of multiple characters with quicksilver speed, Chokachi evokes Frank Gorshin, the great impressionist and comic actor of the '50s and '60s best known for his portrayal of the Riddler on the 'Batman' TV series. It's all there: the blade-thin androgyny, the facility with voices, the unnerving leer. He suggests a manic, possibly poisonous lizard, and I mean that in the best possible way."
The Resistible Rise Arturo Ui
"...Marvelous commitment and physicality."
"...Powerhouse, Jamil Chokachi brings every scene to life..."