Ken Sonkin

Ken Sonkin

Adjunct Instructor, Theater

Part-Time Faculty

(415) 422-5255


Ken Sonkin is an actor/director who has worked at American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, SF Playhouse, Magic Theater, Center REP, 42nd Street Moon, Sonoma Rep, Broadway by the Bay, San Jose Stage Company, California Conservatory Theatre, Pacific Resident Theater (LA), Grove Shakespeare Festival (LA), Seacoast Rep (NH), Denver Center, and Pennsylvania Centre Stage. He belongs to PlayGround and The Playwrights’ Lab, and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.

Under Bill Ball and Allen Fletcher, Ken was a member of A.C.T.’s acting company and core conservatory faculty. He has taught and directed for The National Theatre Conservatory, Stanford University, Northwestern University, Solano College, Sonoma State University, Cornell College, and The San Francisco Ballet School. He is also a member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers. He was the founding director for The Theatre Artists Institute for American Musical Theater of San Jose, and served as artistic director for The Regency Center. In his sixteenth year at USF, Ken has taught Acting Foundations, Acting II, Acting III, Personal Clown Technique, Cabaret, and Careers in Theater. He has directed main stage productions of Angels in America: Perestroika, Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, Wild Boy (world premiere), and Tartuffe. Ken is a recipient of a Jesuit Foundation Grant for his work with USF's School of Nursing and has served as the faculty advisor for The College Players.

MFA, American Conservatory Theater
BFA, Acting, Ohio State University
Adjunct Professor in Theater, Sonoma State University
Guest Lecturer in Drama Department, Stanford University
Master Acting Teacher, San Francisco Ballet School
Master Acting Teacher, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute
Instructor, MFA Program, American Conservatory Theater
Performing Arts
Selected Publications


Awards & Distinctions

Jesuit Foundation Grant (for work with USF's School of Nursing)

Lifetime Teaching Credential California Colleges in Theater Arts and Related Subjects

Preferred Hiring Pool, Level 2