Alec Mapa is an award-winning actor, comedian, playwright, and journalist whose Broadway, television, and film career spans more than twenty years. If you think that’s a long time, just imagine how Alec feels. Luckily, he’s Filipino, which means he’ll look thirty when he’s fifty, fifty when he’s seventy, and by the time he’s eighty he’ll be too pooped to care.
Alec’s professional career started in shortly after graduating from NYU when he starred in a Tony Award–winning Broadway play M. Butterfly opposite Tony Randall, before hitting the road with the first national touring company. Alec was certain the minute the tour landed in Los Angeles he’d become a big fat star. He was wrong.
Unemployed for nearly three years, Alec was flat broke, had a nervous breakdown, and had to start all over again. He turned his career crises into the hilarious one-man show, I Remember Mapa. Alec’s tragic-comic monologue of triumph and loss won the LA Weekly award for Best Solo show, enjoyed a successful run in Los Angeles, and has since played to sold-out houses in San Francisco, New York, Toronto, and Seattle. By speaking about the horrors of being unemployed, Alec found plenty of work as an actor, guest starring on shows like Friends, Roseanne, NYPD Blue, Seinfeld, and Melrose Place.
As an out gay actor of Filipino descent, Mapa has long worked for causes benefiting AIDS and the gay, lesbian, and Asian-American communities, including HRC, The Matthew Shepard Foundation, Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (GLASS), Project Angel Food, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and Lambda Legal. For his dedication, Mapa was recently honored with the East West Visionary Award, the Rand Schraeder Distinguished Achievement Award from the Gay and Lesbian Center of Los Angeles, and the Davidson/Valentini Award from GLADD, and he was nominated for a Maggie Award for his editorial columns for The Advocate. Mapa was the 2005 Grand Marshal of the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade and one of Out magazine's "Top Out One Hundred" in 2004. Is it any wonder he’s “America’s Gay Asian Sweetheart”? Of course not, it’s no wonder at all.