ABOUT KEN


"Mr. Schatz is simply superb."  
— The New York Times

"Remarkable"  
— The Washington Post

The leading independent acting coach in New York City, KEN SCHATZ (SAG-AFTRA, AEA) has been training professional actors for their best work in film, television, and theater for over 20 years. His clients can be seen in popular and cutting-edge work on and off Broadway, in celebrated theater productions everywhere, and in countless hit films and TV shows. They include multiple Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, Grammy, Obie, Tony, and Emmy Award winners and nominees.

Ken has taught, coached, directed, and developed training programs for many well-known acting schools, universities, production companies, talent agencies, and casting offices, including Circle in the Square, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Stella Adler Studio, and MTV. He has trained and taught with eminent teachers and directors in many different specialties, including Moni Yakim (creator of the movement programs at Juilliard and Yale, author of CREATING A CHARACTER) in Physical Acting Technique. Ken is the former Associate Director of Circle in the Square Theatre School — the only acting conservatory attached to a Broadway theater — and has been featured in the ACT NY Guide to Qualified Acting Coaches.

Ken's coaching credits include THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, COP LAND with Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone, Tim Blake Nelson's THE GREY ZONE with Steve Buscemi, SHADRACH with Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell, SPIN CITY, CRIME SPREE, Jeff Stark’s THE DREARY COAST, and many other films, television shows, commercials, and theater productions.

Ken's acting credits include SESAME STREET, Garry Trudeau's ALPHA HOUSE with Amy Sedaris, FINDING GRACELAND with Harvey Keitel and Bridget Fonda, Todd Haynes' award-winning film POISON, Mac Wellman’s Obie-winning CROWBAR and BAD PENNY (En Garde Arts), KING LEAR with André De Shields (Folger Shakespeare Theatre/Classical Theater of Harlem), B.H. Barry's TREASURE ISLAND with Tom Hewitt, Eric Tucker’s THE LIBERTINE with Andrus Nichols, A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY (Stoneham Theatre), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Gorilla Rep), and Mo Willems’ MONOTONY VARIETY SHOW. He has performed with many well-known theater companies, including Willow Cabin, Dancing in the Streets, MaskWork Unlimited, and Bread & Puppet. His voice-over credits include SESAME STREET, MTV's DARIA, Air America Radio, Disney, HBO, and Mo Willems' acclaimed Cartoon Network series SHEEP IN THE BIG CITY.

Ken is also a well-known folksinger and singing coach with an eclectic repertoire and a lifetime of experience in traditional music. His credits include performances and teaching workshops at major folk festivals, museums, clubs, and concert venues on both sides of the Atlantic, and he has taught and performed with many of America and Britain’s foremost interpreters of traditional song. He teaches Traditional/Folk/Roots Singing Styles and Performance Technique at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, and his monthly pub singing session, Exceedingly Good Song Night, has become a destination event, kindling the enthusiasm of many young traditional singers in New York and across the country.