The Chair is executive produced by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Written and executive produced by Amanda Peet (The Romanoffs)the six-episode series set is set at a small university, and centres around the Chair of an English department, Ji-Yoon, played by Sandra Oh (Killing Eve; Grey’s Anatomy).
Ghanaian-American, based in London Nana Mensah (New Amsterdam) will play Yasmin “Yaz” McKay, a popular professor and close colleague of Oh’s Ji-Yoon. The rest of the cast includes Bob Balaban (The Politician) as Elliot Mentz, a distinguished but set in his ways professor. David Morse (Escape at Dannemora) will play the school’s dean, Paul Larson, and Everly Carganilla (Netflix’s Yes Day) plays Ji-Yoon’s daughter, Ju-Hee “Ju Ju” Kim.
The Chair was created by Peet and Annie Julia Wyman, who co-wrote the pilot. Peet (Dirty John, Togetherness) will serve as showrunner, and Game of Thrones creators David Benioff (Peet’s husband) and D.B. Weiss are among the executive producers. The series was the first to be greenlit under a massive overall deal Benioff and Weiss signed with the streamer in 2019 (they’re also adapting author Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem with The Terror: Infamy’s Alexander Woo).
Mensah is also a writer known for King of Staten Island (2020) and director of her debut feature Queen of Glory the story of Sarah Obeng a child of Ghanaian immigrants, who quits her Ivy League PhD program and follow her married lover to Ohio but her plans are disrupted when her mother suddenly dies and bequeaths Sarah a Christian bookstore in the Bronx. Mensah will play Sarah and she also wrote the screenplay.