Miki Yamashita is a multi-disciplinary performer and writer based in Los Angeles. Miki was the first-ever Asian American series lead in a pilot for the women’s cable channel, Oxygen. Principal roles on network & cable television include Law & Order, As The World Turns, One Life To Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and iCarly.
In musical theater, Miki’s credits include the role of Connie Wong in A Chorus Line (national tour), Maria in West Side Story, Tuptim in The King and I, Luisa in The Fantasticks, and Woman 1 in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well... (regional). For her role in Jacques Brel, she was praised by the New York Times: “Miki Yamashita has the kind of beautiful voice and effortless delivery that a revue of this nature demands.”
As a comedian, Miki worked full-time as an improv/sketch comedy player at the Walt Disney World Resort. She has performed in sketch shows with Fred Willard at ACME Comedy Theater and Largo, and with Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi at Upright Citizens Brigade.
Miki is a content creator for both stage and television. She has written and performed her solo show The Geisha Next Door at Upright Citizens Brigade. Miki also performed her show at Stanford University, which integrated the play into its Asian American Studies program. She was the creator, writer, and co-host of Lutz Chat with Miki and Peter, a joyously gay cable-access talk show that skewered the world of competitive figure skating. Lutz Chat was hailed by the Village Voice as “the funniest half-hour on TV” and “the best of NYC.”
A classically trained soprano, Miki is a singer and teaching artist with the Los Angeles Opera. She made her main stage debut in the role of Soon-Yi (Marcellina) in Figaro 90210: “The regally poised Yamashita sings with a sterling tone.” –LA Weekly
Also at LA Opera, Miki created the title role of The White Bird of Poston, an original opera set during the Japanese American internment during WWII. With the opera’s community engagement department, Miki serves as teaching artist for various outreach programs that bring classical music appreciation and education to Los Angeles residents.
Miki studied classical voice at New England Conservatory of Music, drama at Yale
University, and holds a B.A. in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College.