Alec Mapa is a GLAAD award-winning actor, activist, playwright and journalist. He can currently be seen on the ABC show Desperate Housewives, where he recurs as Eva Longoria's best gay pal "Vern." Alec recently completed four seasons on the UPN comedy Half and Half. Moviegoers know Alec from the cult favorite Connie and Carla, where he starred opposite Toni Collette and Nia Vardalos as the loveable drag queen "N' Cream." Alec had the distinction of playing network television's very first gay Asian series regular character on the CBS sitcom Some of My Best Friends. His Wisecrack! comedy special on the gay MTV network LOGO premiered in 2005 and has been a network favorite, playing in heavy rotation ever since.
For promoting visibility on behalf of gay causes and issues, Alec received the GLAAD award in 2005. Alec's career began on Broadway where he starred in the Tony Award winning play M. Butterfly. He played the role of "Song Liling," Chinese transvestite spy, opposite Tony Randall for nearly a year before starring in the National Touring Company production. Other Broadway credits include Timon of Athens and A Little Hotel on the Side, both with the National Actor's Theater. Off Broadway Alec appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival/ Public Theater productions of Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters, directed by Michael Greif, and Chay Yew's A Language of Their Own. Theatergoers in LA have enjoyed the Mark Taper Forum productions of three of Alec's solo shows; I Remember Mapa, Drama! and Mapa Mia! I Remember Mapa won the LA Weekly award for Best Solo Performance and has since played to sold out houses in Seattle, New York, Toronto and San Francisco.
As an activist, Alec has worked tirelessly performing on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team, Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (GLASS), Lambda Legal, and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. For his community service, Alec received the award for continued excellence from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Rand Schrader award for Distinguished Achievement from the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. Alec's column "Minority Retort" appears monthly in The Advocate, the national gay and lesbian news magazine. Alec is married to his partner of five years Jamison Hebert.