Isaia Anderson Jr.

Isiah Anderson, Jr. is a seasoned performer, director, actor, and teaching artist. Isiah is also a strong advocate and organizer of community arts programs that promote self-empowerment, awareness, and positive change in youth. Born to a single mother in Joliet, Illinois, and the oldest of three, Isiah began performing at the age of five. After many years of dance performances and competitions, the chance of a lifetime came by way of a solo dance performance in the Broadway production of Dream Girls in Chicago. Isiah received a standing ovation for his dynamic performance. At 13, that was all the encouragement Isiah would need to confirm what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. At the age of 18, Isiah became a single father, but he knew that he would have to leave Joliet, Illinois, if he was to offer something more for his son. With the help of family and friends, Isiah moved to Seattle and began a brand new chapter in their lives. It wasnt easy being a single parent, but all the successes and failure would provide Isiah with a burning desire to one day share with youth and others what he himself did not have.

As a product of a single parent, Isiah makes it point as a father and community leader to stress the importance of marriage/family and the advantages of a two parent home.

For the last 26 years, Isiah has been the most sought after director and entertainer in the Northwest. Some of his directing credits include: The Wiz, Peter Pan, Grease, Cinderella, Uncle Willies Chocolate Factory, Soul of Beauty and the Beast, and Snow White and the 7 at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Moore, and the Paramount Theatre in Seattle for the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Centers All Teen Summer Musicals. He also directed plays for ACT Theatres Young Playwrights Program as well as Sadie's Kitchen and Piney Ridge by local award-winning playwright LaChris Jordan.

As a comedian, Isiah has also had amazing success. He has opened for such as artists as the late Bernie Mac, DL Hughley, Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, Dick Gregory, Gerald Levert, Boyz II Men, Roger Troutman and many others. Isiah also appeared several times on Black Entertainment Television's (BET) Comic View and been a featured performer on Russell Simmons Def Jam Comedy Tour.