Kaipo Schwab


24 Oct 1971


Honolulu, Hawaii, USA


William Walter Kaipo Schwab


Kaipo Schwab was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, the 2nd of 5 children to a Hawaiian/Chinese mother and German/Irish father.

His introduction to acting began at the age of 4 appearing in commercials for his Dad's furniture company and then moving on to being featured in numerous local television shows and winning state and national awards in Shakespeare recitation and Speech and Debate with the National Forensics League.

He continued to learn his craft at Boston University School for the Arts where he earned his BFA in Acting in 1993 and attended The British American Drama Academy, where he studied acting from Yale Drama School's master teacher Earle Gister and actress Diana Quick.

After graduation, Kaipo moved to New York to pursue his acting career, getting representation quickly with Harter, Manning, and Woo. During the next decade, he would work as an actor and director with major theaters including The Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theatre, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Hartford Stage Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The GeVa Theater and The New York Theatre Workshop, where he is a Usual Suspect (their official company of artists). In 2004 he was selected to direct part of ABC Television's Cultural Diversity Showcase.

Not one to wait for opportunities to come to him, he founded the Imua! Theatre Company in 1994, where he produced and directed the highly acclaimed shows THE GREEKS, BALM IN GILEAD, and JULIUS CAESAR as well as helping develop and support artists in their early career like Ken Leung, Leslie Bibb, Michael John Garces, Russell Hornsby, Aaron Yoo, Hoon Lee, Nilaja Sun, Russell G. Jones, Yvonne Jung and Anthony Ruivivar. Under his artistic directorship, the company is shooting an on-going soap opera for the Internet.

Although the stage is his first love, Kaipo is just as comfortable both in front of and behind the camera. He has appeared on Film and Television in The Royal Tenenbaums, It Could Happen To You, All My Children, Law & Order, New York Undercover and Cosby. He is also the owner of 15 Minutes of Frame, a video and film production company.

Kaipo studies with acting coach Peter Kelley and is repped by Lally Talent Agency (LTA) in NYC.

Kaipo and his wife, Hope, live in New York City with their son, Giovanni, and their two pugs.

Actor ( 13 credits )

Anesthesia (2015) Tenant (rumored)
The Mysteries of Laura (2014)  Gil Carter (1 episode, 2015)
Orange Is the New Black (2013)  Igme Dimaguiba (6 episodes, 2013-2014)
Junction (2012) Reporter
A Magic Helmet (2010) Man in Audience
Downsized (2009)  Nate (3 episodes, 2009-2012)
Rescue Me (2004)  Doctor #2 (1 episode, 2011)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Polynesian Chief (uncredited)
Cosby (1996)  Orderly #1 (1 episode, 1996)
It Could Happen to You (1994) Plaza Bellhop
New York Undercover (1994)  Norton Lee (1 episode, 1994)
Law & Order (1990)  CSU Officer (1 episode, 2008)
All My Children (1970)  Brice Dickson (1 episode, 2002)