Ameenah Kaplan is a graduate of the Academy of Art University Film School. She attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for Acting. She will be directing The Royale by Marco Ramirez (Daredevil) at Seattle’s ACT this summer. She most recently directed Molodi: Up Close And Personal starring Las Vegas’ premiere body percussion troupe at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Her most recent short, Man With a Movie Camera premiered at Hollyshorts Film Festival in 2014. She directed the short film The American Failure to multiple festivals and awards. She directed the multi-award nominated show: Bash’d: A Rap Opera. She also recently directed Black Sheep & Other People’s Organs in Noah Wylie’s Young Playwright’s Festival. She was in the original cast of Stomp and serves as a drum coach for Blueman Group. Choreography credits include: Dancing With The Stars (ABC); The Brother’s Size, In the Red & Brown Water (Fountain Theatre), The Women of Brewster Place, Altar Boyz, Title of Show(Celebration Theatre); The Royale (CTG); Frosty the Snow Manilow, A Christmas Carol King,Santa Claus is Coming to Motown, The Comedy of Aerosmith, Jackson Frost, Alice in One Hit Wonderland II, It’s a Stevie Wonderful Life (Troubadour Theatre Co). Awards and honors: 2007 NAACP Award: Best Choreography; 2007 LA Weekly Award: Best Fight Choreography. 2007 Richard E. Sherwood Award for Emerging Director. 2009 LA Weekly Award: Best Choreography, Altar Boyz, 2010 NAACP Award: Best Choreography, The Women of Brewster Place; 2013 Ovation Award: Best Choreography, The Royale; 2012 LA Weekly Queen Of Angels Award.