Born in Toronto, Canada and brought up in Hong Kong just three months after his birth, Eugene Ma is an actor, composer, teacher and stage director based in New York, currently with a detour in Ashland, Oregon. He graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama (theater directing concentration), training with Playwrights Horizons founder Robert Moss, Rachel Chavkin, Fritz Ertl, Michael Krass and Kevin Kuhlke among others. Deeply inspired by the clown’s uncensored spontaneity, vulnerability, and its profound impact on the actor's presence and emotional availability as well as the prerequisite of total transformation in Commedia dell'Arte, Eugene embarked on a two-year teaching apprenticeship with Christopher Bayes, serving as his teaching assistant and the occasional musical director for Physical Comedy classes and student productions at Yale School of Drama and the Juilliard School. While in New Haven, Eugene was invited to guest teach at Yale College's Theater Studies Program.
Eugene's directing credits include Moliere's the Imaginary Invalid, Thornton Wilder's Childhood, Mark Ravenhill’s pool (no water), Saviana Stanescu's Aurolac Blues, and new works by Mike Lew & Shane Sakhrani. Eugene is also a Drama Desk-nominated composer for his music in the Hugo-inspired silent film for the stage The Man Who Laughs, aurally framing the entire 70-minute non-verbal theatrical event.
A proud member of the AEA, Eugene is an Acting Company Member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, performing in Tony-Winner Mary Zimmerman's production of Guys and Dolls & the English premiere of landmark Chinese-language play, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land, directed and translated by Stan Lai, the original author both through the end of 2015. At other esteemed regional theaters, he acted in A Servant of Two Masters at Seattle Rep and in Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Yale Rep and Berkeley Rep. His works has also been seen in New York at La MaMa E.T.C., Ontological-Hysteric Theater @ St. Mark’s Church, Joe’s Pub/Public, Mabou Mines, Ohio Theater, the Stone, NYU and even the Greenwood Cemetery.