Saki Miata

Legal Name: Risako Takahashi McCarthy

Saki is a Japanese-English bilingual talent. She was born and raised in Japan and moved to Michigan at the age of fifteen. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. (Go Blue!) While working as an investment banker in Tokyo, she joined an amateur theater company Gekidan Kiza led by her favorite author, the late Shusaku Endo, and that’s how her acting career started…

Saki studied ‘serious acting’ at Bungakuza Theatre Company in Tokyo and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Hollywood. Her feature film credits include "The Ultimate Game", "Scorched", "Christmas in Beverly Hills" (Italy). She recently played a supporting role in a feature film “Stray” (2019) directed by Joe Sill, which is now on Amazon Prime. Her television credits include guest starring roles in "South Park" (live action role within the cartoon), "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Wasteland". Her commercial credits include IBM, Comcast, PricewaterhouseCoopers and JC Penny for US national, as well as Shiseido and WEN Haircare in Japan.

On stage, Saki played a comedic role of Obachan in a musical “Letters To Eve” at the Miles Memorial Theater in Santa Monica, California in spring and winter of 2017. Saki belongs to The Garage Theatre Company, led by award-winning film and theatre director Robert Allan Ackerman. In March and April 2016, the group produced an ensemble play “Blood” written and directed by Ackerman. Saki played the role of Rei Ninomiya, the mother of the hero boy. Both “Letters To Eve” and “Blood” received rave reviews from numerous stage critics and publics. For voice over work, Saki played the voice of the character Vy Le in the English dubbing of a Japanese TV animation series “The Reflection” (co-created by Stan Lee and Hiroshi Nagahama). The English version can be watched on Saki’s voice can also be heard in FCI News Catch Community News segments on KXLA every morning during the week.

From 2006 through 2011, Saki anchored "JATV News" and covered various topics that would appeal to the Japanese and the Japanese American community in Southern California and Hawaii weekly. She not only anchored but also often produced some segments. Saki continues to emcee as a host of corporate and community live events.

Saki is the owner of Saki LLC, a company that offers translation, interpretation, and other bilingual services. She has connected the superhero creator, late Stan Lee to the Japanese anime production companies and has co-produced “Heroman”. She also connected Stan to an anime director Hiroshi Nagahama and co-produced the television anime series “The Reflection” which aired on NHK in Japan in Fall 2017. The spin-off series is currently in preproduction.