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 Actors, Theatre 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 Blacklist, Allegiance, 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.