Onye Eme-Akwari


Associate Acting Teacher

Onye Eme-Akwari is a Nigerian-born actor, musician, producer, and educator.

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. – E.E. Cummings

Onye Eme-Akwari is a Nigerian-born actor, musician, producer, and educator. As a life-long music lover, his artistic journey began at the age of 4 when he started teaching himself to play piano and drums after watching the musicians in the church choir every Sunday. This eventually lead to performing in and teaching high school marching bands, independent indoor drum lines, and world-class drum corps. He has toured the continental United States as well as various countries in both Europe and Asia with performing ensembles from around the country.

These artistic endeavors led Onye to seek formal acting training at numerous studios in his hometown of Atlanta. He eventually found a home at the Robert Mello Studio, where he completed the Meisner program under Rob Mello as well as other courses in Viewpoints and Improv. As an actor, Onye can be seen in various regional and national commercials, in guest star and recurring roles on CBS, FOX, USA, Netflix, HBO, BET, and more, as well as leading and supporting roles in films produced by Spike Lee, Warner Brothers, and TVOne.

In addition to his acting credits, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Music and Entertainment Business from Kennesaw State University, as well as a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia.  When he’s not teaching or performing, Onye loves listening to audiobooks, eating too much sushi, or rewatching his favorite movie About Time.