Ken Sonkin

Stage Combat

Ken Sonkin
Available By Appointment Only

What I Do at SSU

I teach Stage Combat in the acting core and I've guest directed The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek for Sonoma State's Theatre Arts & Dance Department. I have also been the fight director/magic consultant on numerous SSU productions including Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tar, and the Power Lines festival.

My Bio

MFA in Acting: American Conservatory Theater

BFA in Acting: Ohio State University

Ken Sonkin is an award-winning actor/director with over 30 years of regional and national experience. He was a member of A.C.T.’s acting company and core conservatory faculty and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. He has taught acting at The National Theatre Conservatory, Northwestern University, Stanford University, Cornell College, Solano College’s Actor Training Program, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, and The San Francisco Ballet School. In his fifteenth year at the University of San Francisco, he is a recipient of a Jesuit Foundation Grant and teaches Acting, Personal Clown Technique, and Careers in Theater. Ken spent three years as the director/founder of The Theatre Artists Institute, the professional actor-training program for The American Musical Theatre of San Jose and also served as the artistic director of The Regency Center in San Francisco. As a fight director, Ken has worked at The Magic Theater, California Conservatory Theatre, The Climate Theater, Sonoma Rep, Porchlight Theatre, College of Marin, USF, and the movie Cold Turkey by Theoretical Films. As a magician, Ken was voted #1 Street Performer in San Francisco. ​Television credits: Nash Bridges, Moonlighting, The Late Show, A&E's Comedy On The Road, Molson Canadian Comedy Releaf, Who Stole the Baby Tiger Cub? and numerous PBS programs, appeared in concert with Jay Leno, Red Skelton, Ellen DeGeneres, Howie Mandel, Paula Poundstone, Dave Chapelle, The Manhattan Transfer, The Drifters, Waylon Jennings, entertained at Hollywood’s Magic Castle, and performed for Queen Elizabeth II of England.