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Bayo Akinfemi

Assistant Professor of Theatre Practice in Acting

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Film & Television Production

A two-time Best Actor GEMINI nominee for Human Cargo and The Border, Bayo is currently a series regular on Bob ?? Abishola, a Chuck Lorre third season sitcom on CBS. He’s also the dialect coach and culture consultant for the show. His acting credits include Marvel’s Agents of Shield, Criminal Minds, NCIS LA and Survivor’s Remorse. Bayo is also a director. His credits include the short film “Rump” and Nollywood feature films “Busted Life” and “Paparazzi: Eye in the Dark.” 

Bayo was born and raised in Ilesa, Nigeria. He obtained a B.A. in Performing Arts from University of Ilorin before moving to Toronto where he studied Film & Television Production and worked for several years as an actor and a director before moving to California. He holds a Master’s degree in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Southern California – USC, Los Angeles, where he currently works as an Assistant Professor of Practice: Acting & Directing in the Schools of Dramatic Arts and Cinematic Arts.

Bayo is also an avid theater director with extensive credits. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of African Theatre Artistes Society (ATARS), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a platform of artistic expression to artistes of African descent in Los Angeles. Bayo recently produced and directed Zulu Sofola’s Wedlock of the Gods for the company.