Kenshaka Ali
Kenshaka Ali

Kenshaka Ali

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$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 find greater creative insight 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 free online mini lesson/conference to experience for yourself why I am the coach for you!
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Angela-Nicole L.

Acting Lessons

Kenshaka knows what he is talking about and he will notice your strengths and help you grow them. He recognizes individuality and will tailor his lessons to you, not just go by a curriculum. He is an acting coach and a life coach for me!
Kenshaka Ali's reply
Hi Nicole and thank you so much for the great review!
Sep 1, 2020
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Mel S.

Acting Lessons

Mr. Ali is a phenomenal acting teacher. He is very timely, kind, and professional. He also really cares about his craft and genuinely wants the best for his students. Even though I have only had a few lessons, I’ve already gained a lot of knowledge and insight in regards to how I can reach my full potential as an actress. I really enjoy his classes, and I can’t wait to learn even more from him :)
Kenshaka Ali's reply
Hi Mel Thank you so much for the review! Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Aug 30, 2020
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Jonah B.

Acting Lessons

Honestly working with Mr. Kenshaka Ali has been the most spiritually enlightening experience while learning the art of acting.
Kenshaka Ali's reply
Thanks so much Jonah! I appreciate the heart and soul you bring!
Jul 9, 2021
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MaJesty W.

Acting Lessons

Taking Kenshaka’s acting class was one of the best decisions i’ve mad. He’s incredibly honest, and thats a quality you need when working in this field. Not only is he an amazing teacher, but a wonderful human being. He prioritizes his students & is very transparent. Not taking his class would be an great opportunity missed.
Kenshaka Ali's reply
Thanks so much MaJesty! I look forward to watching your awesome talent blossom!
Jun 21, 2021
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Jack C.

Acting Lessons

So far so good with Kenshaka. I’m onto my third lesson and I can already tell that I’ll be leaps and bounds better as an actor by this time next year!
Kenshaka Ali's reply
Wonderful Jack! I appreciate your hard work and dedication. Thank you!
Apr 22, 2021
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I try to work within the budget of students. I offer discount packages for 5 and 10 lesson series.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    My work is prescriptive, in that I do a series of readings, improvisations and theater games to assess a student's level, and then, along with their intention, coach through acting exercises, scene work, and loving, thorough and constructive criticism to develop greater skills and capabilities to maximum affect.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    In addition to over 25 years as a professional SAG-AFTRA and Actor's Equity Association actor and director, I have taught at over 15 universities, colleges, and conservatories across the United States. I hold MFA, MA, and BA degrees in theater, and a license as an Agape Licensed Spiritual Practitioner, ALSP. This is especially useful as the demands of the industry become increasingly difficult to navigate. If requested, I can serve as both coach and counselor at once.

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