Kenshaka Ali
Kenshaka Ali

Kenshaka Ali

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Offers remote services
Offers remote services
$90/hour
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Introduction: I coach performers, actors, singers, dancers, speakers, and writers to find their greatest creative expression. I have over 20 years experience teaching acting and directing productions professionally and at over 15 universities, colleges, and conservatories across the United States and abroad. I hold MFA, MA, and BA degrees in Theater/Interdisciplinary Arts, as well as memberships in SAG/AFTRA and AEA. Additionally, I am a licensed Spiritual Practitioner, helping artists and others find greater creative insight, purpose, clarity and freedom. I grew up in the New York theater, and Method Acting was a calling, a lifestyle, a spiritual path to artistry. So, my foundation is the Stanislavski system, but is also eclectic, celebratory and physical, as Stanislavski himself advised us to never stop growing. I’ve learned to incorporate things I’ve learned through years of studying martial arts, yoga, Suzuki, Lecoq, modern, jazz and African dance, and voice. More than anything, I teach acting as an art of joy, discovery, discipline, and wonder; with the intent to facilitate transformations and spiritual growth in individuals. Also, to prepare artists for the rigors and vagaries of the industry. I love seeing students on film and television, but more than that, I love the palpable feeling of freedom and epiphany when a student expresses openly and honestly. I most enjoy helping others become more expressive and empathetic beings. I know that everyone has something unique to offer, with latent talents and capabilities beyond what is generally recognized or accepted. I feel that acting is a spiritual skill we are born with. I have literally hundreds of techniques and exercises culled through my years teaching to help any performer unlock their greatest creative gifts. I love being a coach and have mentored countless students who've won entry to prestigious graduate programs, conservatories, or go on to have careers as working artists and/or found their own arts organizations. Nothing gives me greater joy than to witness someone transformed and empowered through the acting process. Please take me up on my offer of a discounted online mini lesson/conference to experience for yourself why I am the coach for you!
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Ava S.
Aug 31, 2022
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Kenshaka is an amazing acting coach. Any actor would be lucky to have his invaluable guidance. His coaching goes far beyond just the art of acting. He helps you to look within yourself to improve your craft, and he asks thought provoking questions that will improve your practice tenfold in just an hour long session. I cannot recommend him enough and I am very much looking forward to continuing our coaching. I look forward to my lesson every week.

Details: 18 - 25 years old • No experience • To build confidence • To continue professional development • Film • TV episode • What the teacher recommends • Scene study • Cold reading • Method acting • Classical acting • No specific focus • 1 person • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

Kenshaka Ali's reply
Thanks so much Ava! I look forward to hearing all about your journey through Europe! Keep practicing and developing your awesome talents! Thanks again! 🙏🏿🙏🏿✨
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Myles G.
May 17, 2022
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Working with Mr. Ali has changed my perspective on acting. I actually really value our lessons together. Even when we have a lesson and regroup a month later we pick up exactly where we left off and I’m just as edified as I was in our previous session. He’s a master of his craft and a valuable mentor who has taught me so much already about my technique and about myself. Can’t wait to continue working with him! :)

Details: 18 - 25 years old • Intermediate • To continue professional development • Film • Theater • TV episode • TV commercial • Improv theater • What the teacher recommends • Scene study • Improv • Physical theater and movement • No specific focus • 1 person • Remotely (phone or internet) • At the pro’s location

Kenshaka Ali's reply
WOW Myles I really appreciate your comments. I know we'll do great things through this process. THANK YOU!!
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Gena N.
Mar 21, 2022
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Kenshaka is an incredible acting coach! He really takes the time to help you understand more about yourself in order to expand your range. He pushes you to excellence in every lesson.

Details: 18 - 25 years old • Beginner • To continue professional development • To explore as a hobby • Film • TV episode • What the teacher recommends • No specific focus • 1 person • Remotely (phone or internet)

Kenshaka Ali's reply
Gena thank you so much! Your talent and dedication is a winning prescription. Looking forward to seeing you continue to shine!
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Cameron R.
Jul 8, 2022
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Mr Ali is amazing, very kind, and understanding. He's been working with me one on one, to help me get my monologues down, and I'm getting so much more comfortable, actually acting, like someone else, in front, of someone else. Mr Kenshaka Ali is top notch!

Details: 18 - 25 years old • No experience • To continue professional development • Theater • Film • TV commercial • TV episode • What the teacher recommends • No specific focus • 1 person • Remotely (phone or internet) • At the pro’s location

Kenshaka Ali's reply
Hey Cameron thanks so much! Looking forward to continuing this journey!
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Darby W.
Apr 17, 2022
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I worked with Kenshaka for 6 months to prepare for grad school auditions. He’s an excellent fit for actors focused on the holistic discipline of acting, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. He will challenge you, and you’ll be better for it. I got offers from 3 MFA acting programs under his instruction, including the one I plan on attending.

Details: 18 - 25 years old • Intermediate • To prepare for an audition • To continue professional development • Theater • Musical theater • Classical acting • Physical theater and movement • What the teacher recommends • Expand vocal range • Refine vocal expression • 1 person • Remotely (phone or internet) • At the pro’s location

Kenshaka Ali's reply
Thanks so much Darby! your talent, dedication and hard work definitely paid off!! Thanks for allowing me to journey with you!
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