Walid Chaya is an award winning director-actor and celebrity acting coach based in Los Angeles. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA, the Stage Directors Choreographer Society, and an alumni of The American Theatre Wing's, founder of the Tony® Awards, SpringBoardNYC directors program.
As an actor, he can be seen on TV in "Madam Secretary" (CBS), "Blacklist: Redemption" (NBC), "The Looming Tower" (Hulu), opposite Jamie Bell in the feature “Skin” directed by Oscar-Winner Guy Nattiv, and more.
Upcoming films include "Magic Hour" opposite Miriam Shor, "Mad?" opposite Tony-Nominee Suzanne Bertish and several shorts and television series currently in development.
Walid wrote, directed and starred in “Driving Ms. Saudi”, which won Best Short Film in Dubai's prestigious WOW Mid-East Film Fair, Silver Metal for Best Comedy Short at the Asia South East-Short Film Festival, among other official screenings at over a dozen prominent festivals from around the world.
Walid produces and directs philanthropic events to support different organizations like Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and more. Walid was an associate producer for Disney's "The Happiest Millionaire" 50th Anniversary benefit concert, live at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre in NYC. The concert starred Multi-Tony Award nominees and celebrated screen actors Dana Ivey, Brad Oscar, Lesley Ann Warren and Joyce Bulifant, who reprised their roles from the movie.
Walid is a content creator and has headlined in diverse industry panels, his favorite titled "The Future of Acting: Creating Your Own Content" produced by Actors Pro Expo. He speaks English & Arabic fluently. Walid was awarded the “Diversity Scholarship Award” from Upright Citizens Brigade LA for his work in original content, improvisation and sketch comedy.
Walid also coaches and connects emerging actors with the finest casting directors, talent agents and personal managers in the industry through Studio for Performing Arts. He is a keynote speaker and teaches master classes at various studios and international schools and universities. His clients can be seen in commercials, major films, television shows and theater nationwide.
Walid has directed New York and Regional productions including the Off-Broadway premiere's of Law & Order: NRU (2017), We Are Monsters the Musical (2015) and the DC premiere of Disney's "High School Musical" Live on Stage (2008). He is also the founder of DC's Moonlit Wings Productions (voted "Best for Families" by Washington Family Magazine) and CEO of Broadway in Beirut, enhancing the entertainment scene and production value in the Middle East.
Walid graduated with a B.F.A. in Performance with Magna Cum Laude honors from VCUarts, ranked the #1 public university school of arts by US News & World Report. After college, Walid lived in New York for several years where he worked as an actor, and also as a director with NYC's largest studios for actors.
Today, Walid lives in Los Angeles and is actively working in film and television. He also continues to teach and consult performers of all ages and levels.
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Walid's previous clients have appeared in commercials, major films and television shows for networks such as ABC, NBC, FOX, HBO, CW, Hulu, Disney, Netflix and more.