Vayu O’Donnell is an actor/writer and voice over artist splitting time between New York and Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Yale University where he majored in American Studies with a concentration in Cultural Theory and minored in theater. He then graduated the Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting program. His credits include: FILM/TV: I Just Want My Pants Back; Mr. Talented (Austin Film Fest., MVAAFF); Survival Skills (upcoming); The Weekend; Created, and co-wrote the new web-series “80/20” with Christopher Oscar Pena. BROADWAY: Man And Boy (Roundabout, Basil, u/s Beeston) and Golden Boy (Lincoln Center, Driscoll). NEW YORK: Cherry Smoke – Fish (Working Theater), Jester’s Dead (The PIT), L(y)re (Ars Nova), Desperate Writers (Union Sq. Theater), Tales From the Tunnel (Bleeker St. Theater), The Picture of Dorian Gray – Lord Henry Wotton (Theater Row), Dance Dance Revolution – Moonbeam (Les Freres, Ohio Theater), Perfect Harmony – Lassiter (Theatre Row), Two Gentlemen of Verona – Proteus (Poor Tom Productions) REGIONAL: Double Indemnity – Jackson, Sachetti, Norton (Old Globe, San Diego), Edward II – Gaveston (Shakespeare Theater D.C.) Tamburlaine – Callapine (Shakespeare Theater D.C.); Midsummer Night Dream – Puck (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Of Mice and Men – Curly (Cleveland Playhouse/Buffalo Studio Arena), Sweet Bird of Youth – Bud (WTF – Williamstown Theatre Festival), Harmonious Pimps of Harmony (Williamstown Theater Festival).
Born in San Francisco, Vayu moved up to Sebastopol in Sonoma County at the age of 3. He grew up taking hikes in Armstrong Woods, going to the beach at Bodega Bay, and picking blackberries off the side of the road after swimming in the Russian River. At age 11, he moved down to San Diego, CA, and enjoyed the southern California coast. Big Sur is still one of his favorite places on earth: where the mountains meet the sea with redwood groves. Perfect.
Vayu moved east to attend Yale University…and studied a lot. When not studying, he spent his time working in productions at the Yale Dramat, singing in the a capella groups, the Duke’s Men of Yale, and the world famous Yale Whiffenpoofs. As a result of all his studying, Vayu was awarded the highest honor in his course of study: the Norman Holmes Pearson Prize for best senior essay in American Studies.
Following Yale, Vayu worked as an Equities trader on the Nasdaq OTC stock exchange. He then went on to NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, graduating in 2006 with an MFA in Acting. He studied with the amazing faculty under Zelda Fichandler and Ron Van Lieu. Vayu made his Broadway debut opposite Frank Langella in the Roundabout Theater Company’s production of “Man and Boy” directed by Maria Aitken. He has taught Shakespeare, stage combat, and Balinese mask work in conjunction with the NY Public Theater, NYU undergraduate theater program, the William Esper Studio, the University of San Diego, NYU Graduate Acting Program, the Stella Adler Conservatory, and the 52nd St. Project.