Yancey Arias was born June 27th, 1971 in the lower east side of Manhattan New York to a Puerto Rican mother and Colombian father. His family realized that at a very young age he was to be an actor. Yancey always loved dancing at parties and entertaining the family. He started singing at the age of 12 when his grandmother threw him on stage to sing a song for a neighborhood talent show at Henry Street Settlement in down town Manhattan.
Yancey was discovered by Professor James Green at Saint John’s Prep High School in Astoria Queens, NY. James then introduced Yancey to Stage Door Manor in Lock Sheldrake New York where he studied theater under Jack Romano every summer, and winter with fellow actors Vincent Laresca, Christian J. Meoli and Josh Charles.
Arias went on to study theater in college at Carnegie Mellon University. During his Junior year at the University, he was discovered by the producers of Miss Saigon on Broadway and left school to join the cast for the next five years. In 2000 Yancey joined the cast of George Wolf's, The Wild Party, with Eartha Kitt, Toni Collete, and Mandy Patinkin.
During his years on Broadway he had the opportunity to work on several TV series as a guest star. He stared, and co-produced in two independent films, Destination Unknown and Home Invaders, which helped pave the way to his eventual move to Los Angeles. Once in Los Angeles, Arias was cast in the role of Toren in the Dreamworks action adventure movie, The Time Machine. In 2002 Yancey had the privilege to be discovered by David Mills and Alan Coulter who cast him as the title role of Miguel Cadenas in the hit NBC miniseries KINGPIN. Arias continued to thrive in television, and film soon after the completion of that show giving him the opportunity to work in many projects, with such greats as Edward James Olmos in American Family and Andre Braugher in THIEF to name a few. Today Arias continues to excel as an actor in film and TV. He has added, directing, writing, and producing to his experience as an artist. Arias recently created his new production company NYC FILMS with his friends and partners Nestor Miranda and Charlton E. Lui.