Kendrick Merdani

Associate Teacher of Meisner Technique

Kendrick’s daily inspired by the intricacies of human emotions and truly appreciates the amazing role that acting plays in reminding us why all truthful human connections are so vital to experiencing life.

"{Kendrick is} able to captivate the classroom with the knowledge of a seasoned veteran and also speak to you with the tenderness of a fellow TK student." - Conservatory Student

Kendrick Merdani is of Albanian descent. In the early 1990s his parents made the move to America, and he has called it home ever since. Born during the reign of the communist regime, the opportunities for him to explore and develop any artistic talents were non-existent in his youth.

It was during his teenage years when Kendrick become fascinated and fell in love with the form of storytelling from film, TV,  and stage.

He earned his Bachelor degree in Dramatic Arts at CUNY and furthermore continued his professional training as an actor at the William Esper Studio where he completed the Two Year Meisner program under the tutelage of Terry Knickerbocker. He has also trained with Maggie Flanigan and Shane Ann Younts for Voice, Speech, and Shakespeare.

He’s been seen performing in new and classic works at the American Theatre of ActorsTheatre for the New City, Shelter Studios, and Theatre 54. Most recently he has found success in a colorful variety of primetime TV shows like NBC’s The BlacklistAllegiance, Fox’s The Following, CBS’s Person of Interest, and USA’s Falling Water.

Kendrick’s daily inspired by the intricacies of human emotions and truly appreciates the amazing role that acting plays in reminding us why all truthful human connections are so vital to experiencing life.

As he’s learning to improve his part in this play called life, he will always find the time to enjoy good food, laughs, and great wine with friends.

Hear From Our Students

Working with Kendrick has pushed me in ways I wouldn’t normally get from a typical classroom setting. He is demanding in the best way and always wants to push you to be your best. That’s his number one priority as a teacher: pushing towards and fostering as much growth as possible in his students. He is an instructor who truly cares about each and every one of his students and would go above and beyond for them. Anyone would be lucky to train with Kendrick.

– Katie T.

Conservatory Student

Katie Student of the Month portrait

When I first signed up for the Two-Year Conservatory, I was a bit nervous about choosing Kendrick. Only because Terry Knickerbocker’s name was everywhere. I thought, “Shouldn’t I be taking classes from the name on the marquee?” After the first class, I felt guilty for thinking those things.

Kendrick is a remarkable teacher and I believe that’s because he was a student just like the rest of us. He has a fantastic way of explaining what is expected of you as an actor. Every word of advice feels like it’s coming from a person that’s really been there. He tells us he is greedy with how much he asks of us because he knows we have so much more potential. He’s able to captivate the classroom with the knowledge of a seasoned veteran and also speak to you with the tenderness of a fellow TK student.

– Griffin G.

Conservatory Student