Asia Kate Dillon is a performer, writer and director residing in New York City. Cast in the role of Taylor, a non-binary gender identifying character in BILLIONS, Dillon is the first non-binary gender identifying actor to ever be cast in a major television series and the first biologically assigned female to be nominated for a Critics Choice Awards in the supporting actor category. In addition to BILLIONS they* can be seen playing Brandy Epps in Orange Is the New Black.
Born and raised in Ithaca, New York, Dillon studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City, graduating from the Studio Program. They then returned to Ithaca to complete the Meisner training program at The Actor's Workshop of Ithaca (Dillon began during their junior year of high school at age 16, the youngest student ever admitted to the class). As an active alumni, Dillon not only acted with the theater company, but also served as a teaching assistant and stage manager.
In 2011, Dillon took on the titular role of Rachel Corrie in My Name is Rachel Corrie. This role required Dillon to memorize more than 30 monologues and play over seven alternate characters over the course of the one-person show, which received rave reviews calling Dillon “absolutely magnetic.”
Dillon returned to New York City and was chosen from nearly one thousand actors to participate in a Workshop at The Flea Theater in Manhattan of 50 new plays by Tony and Academy award nominated and winning playwrights and directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. This was followed by a featured role as Lucifer in The Mysteries, also directed by Iskandar. Following The Mysteries, Dillon traveled to Washington, D.C. to perform in The Tempest at The Shakespeare Theatre Company.
These strong performances led to television roles in Orange Is the New Black, Master of None, Younger and BILLIONS. Dillon played the role of Albert Cashier in Good Men Wanted at Dixon Place, which would later host US - an evening of storytelling followed by a talkback, of which Dillon is the creator, curator and director. US puts a magnifying glass to racism in the United States using original and found text, audio and video footage to drive the #BlackLivesMatter conversation forward. In early 2016, they co-founded MIRROR/FIRE productions and currently serve as a Producing Director of the company.