Chisom Awachie

Chisom Awachie (Acting Apprentice) is a graduate of Cornell University (’17) where she studied Theatre and Film, and minored in Media Communications. While in Ithaca, NY, she played Woman Two (Tales From the Mississippi Delta) and Uhuru (Ain’t She Brave) at the Kitchen Theatre. Additional roles include Gorge Troll/Mr. Coffee (On the Verge) through Cornell’s Schwartz Center for the Performing and Media Arts, and an ensemble member of Uprising at Horizon. Chisom studied Stanislavky technique through Fordham University’s London Dramatic Academy, as well as movement, speech, and Alexander technique. Memorable credits include Madeline True (Wild Party) and Abe Lincoln (Hair) at Cornell’s Risley Theatre. A first-generation Nigerian-American, Chisom explores intersections of this identity through her screenwriting, as well as relationships between women of color. In her free time, Chisom enjoys reading her favorite author, Zadie Smith, and working to become a better plant parent. Much love to her family and friends!


  • Attended: Cornell University
  • Studied: Theatre (acting), Film (production, editing, screenwriting)
  • From: Born in the Bay Area, raised in Fayetteville, GA, family (both sides) from Anambra State, Nigeria
  • Favorite Play: Lippa’s Wild Party