Rodney To

Adjunct Lecturer

Rodney To


Rodney To is a faculty member at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. He is originally from Chicago, Ill. He served as a lead producer of Apologies in Advance with Andrea Russett, the breakout talk show for Fullscreen Media, the digital SVoD platform for AT&T and YouTube. He has served as director and executive producer of Pun Plip Pridays, the only all-Asian, televised, sketch comedy show on Kababayan Today, the Filipino talk show for LA18.

As a director, To’s short film Two Weeks won numerous awards at various festivals across the country including Festival Film Flix and the Asians on Film Festival where he was runner-up for the competition’s Best Director. He has directed for the NBC Scene Showcase in 2015 and has directed the web series Penelope, PCSA starring Dave Foley. Recently, he directed the world premiere of Fixed by Boni B. Alvarez at the Echo Theater Company.

As an actor, To was a series regular on NBC’s Redliners. His most notable role is “Typhoon” on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. He has also recurred on FOX’s Rosewood and all four seasons of Wilfred on FX. Other selected TV credits include Barry, You’re the Worst, Modern Family, New Girl, The Whole Truth, NCIS, Corporate, Vice Principals, The American Mall and Ironside. He has worked with theatres across the country, including Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, La Jolla Playhouse, Northlight, Mark Taper, South Coast Rep, Hartford Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, IAMA Theatre Company, East West Players and Ma-Yi, among others. Awards include an LA Ovation Award Nomination for Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them with Artists at Play, Chicago’s Jeff Award Nomination for The Romance of Magno Rubio and winner of the NY International Fringe Festival for the show he co-penned,  Sides…the Fear is Real.

To was a guest lecturer at the Studio School, often asked to speak on New Media and self-driven content. He is also a staunch advocate for the Asian American community and is a regular panelist with NBCUniversal TIPS Program which fosters new and diverse talent in Hollywood.

He was inducted into Chicago’s Filipino-American Hall of Fame for his work.