Born in South Korea, Jay Choi has lived in Seoul, Sydney, London, Berlin and Oslo. She studied English Literature in Seoul before moving to London in 2006 to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Her acting career soon led her to directing, and she wrote the script to her first short film ‘Red Reflections’ (2013) through the Royal Court Theatre’s Unheard Voices writer’s programme. The short screened at a number of international film festivals, including Encounters, Helsinki and Reykjavik Film Festival.
The same year she directed the Korean play ‘Melodrama’ at Good People’s Theatre Company, for which she received a nomination for Best Director and won 2nd Prize at the 34th Korean Art Festival for Workers. In 2014, Jay directed a Korean adaptation of Sam Shepherd’s play ‘Fool for Love’ at Theatre Bom and shot her second short film ‘Contact Point’, both featuring renowned Korean actors Moon Choi and Sukku Son. The following year Jay worked in Berlin as a 1st AD while directing the portrait film ‘The Travellers’.
Jay’s first feature project ‘Glowed Up'(then titled ‘Outgrown’) was developed through Film London’s Microwave Programme in 2016 and was a finalist for production funding. ‘Trash(Søppel)’, her latest short film, was developed through the ‘Ulike Blikk’ program in Norway and premiered at the Norwegian Short Film Festival in Grimstad. Jay is currently doing a master’s in Directing at the Norwegian Film School while developing her feature “Glowed Up” with the British Film Institute.