DOM MAGWILI is an instructor in the Asian American Studies Department at California State University, Fullerton, and the resident acting teacher for the Los-Angeles-based East West Players Theatre Conservatory, the nation’s premier Asian American theatre company. He designed and taught the first course about Asian American theatre at California State University, Long Beach, and lectured at UCLA on the history of Asian American theatre. A native of Oakland, Calif., Magwili has worked as a playwright, screenwriter and actor across a variety of genres.

Magwili’s latest project is the fantasy novel The Infernal Promise: The Legends from the First Hemisphere, Book 1, published by In addition, the Magwili-written fantasy/sci-fi web series Samurai Mon Amour is currently in post production.

Working with popular action stars Olivier Gruner, Gary Daniels and Daniel Bernhardt, Magwili wrote the screenplays for the films GiAnts, Power Elite, Future War, American Streetfighter and SWAT: Warhead One. He produced and directed the feature film Magma: Earth’s Molten Core, and directed the Asian-American web comedy The Ho’s on Seventh Avenue. Magwili served as Vice President of Distribution at Cine Excel Entertainment in Gardena, Calif.

As an actor, Magwili appeared in the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore romantic comedy Fifty First Dates and television shows such as Seinfeld, JAG, ER, The King of Queens, Chicago Hope, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files.

Magwili wrote the theatrical production Pinoys In Space: The Musical!, cyberpunk play The Descent of Chrome (presented by the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles), and stage play Steampunk Dragons (presented by the hereandnow Theatre Company in Los Angeles). He received two Rockefeller Playwright-In-Residence Awards through the East West Players Theatre and a Writer’s Award from the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco.

Magwili holds an MFA in acting from California State University, Long Beach, and a BA in communication arts from The University of San Francisco. He trained as an actor at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and served as director of the Asian-American Theatre Lab at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. A former member of the California Repertory Company, Magwili has also been affiliated with the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and the Japanese American National Museum.