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ART IS ACTIVISM

March 21, 2023 - Alumni

ASIA KATE DILLON IS CHANGING THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, ONE MEMORABLE PERFORMANCE AT A TIME.

Asia Kate Dillon in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

For Asia Kate Dillon, celebrated nonbinary actor and AMDA graduate, helping further the dialogue concerning gender identity is a major motivating factor behind their work. While Asia’s contributions as an activist have cemented their role as a champion for inclusion, their ever-growing list of lauded performances has also made them a preeminent figure in the entertainment industry.

Asia’s prolific television and film career began with their breakthrough role of Brandy Epps in Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” — an opportunistic inmate with a penchant for violence. Shortly after, Asia made history with their role as Taylor Mason in Showtime’s drama “Billions.” Asia’s portrayal of Axe Capital’s brilliant intern was recognized as the first nonbinary character to appear on American mainstream television and garnered several Critics Choice Award nominations.

Asia made their feature film debut in the role of the Adjudicator in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, the Keanu Reeves action thriller that grossed over $327 million in box office sales.

Asia’s star continued to rise on the stage. During the 2021–2022 season, they made their Broadway debut in the limited run of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, starring as Malcolm, the eldest son of King Duncan. With a cast helmed by actor Daniel Craig, the production was reviewed as one of the most anticipated theatrical events of the season.

Asia continues to defy convention with their original work as a creator and producing director for MIRROR/FIRE Productions, a company devoted to promoting narratives that challenge the white, gender normative and heteronormative paradigms. Although Asia’s career has only just begun, the advocacy they promote has already left an indelible mark on the performing arts.