Usman Ally Biography

 
Bio:
Usman Ally was born in Swaziland and grew up in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Pakistan. After spending the first 18 years of his life in Africa, he moved to the United States to attend college at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. He majored in Theatre and Cultural Anthropology and received ... (read more)
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Bio:
Usman Ally was born in Swaziland and grew up in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Pakistan. After spending the first 18 years of his life in Africa, he moved to the United States to attend college at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. He majored in Theatre and Cultural Anthropology and received ... (read more)

Usman Ally was born in Swaziland and grew up in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Pakistan. After spending the first 18 years of his life in Africa, he moved to the United States to attend college at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. He majored in Theatre and Cultural Anthropology and received his BA in 2004. During his time in Portland, Usman also began his SLAM Poetry career, performing with the Hip Hop group, Prisoners of Politics.



Usman then received his MFA in Acting (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Florida in 2007. In Florida he founded the University's first ever Hip Hop Theatre troupe, One Nation and served as director, writer and actor.



Usman currently spends his time between Chicago, NYC and LA



Usman is a recipient of the FOX FOUNDATION/TCG GRANT 2010



Usman is best known for originating the role of VP in the World Premiere performance of the award winning THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY at VICTORY GARDENS, which he reprised for its New York and LA Premieres at SECOND STAGE and GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE respectively.



He also originated the role of Amir in the critically acclaimed DISGRACED at American Theater Company.

Usman Ally Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
Drama League Awards - 2015 - Distinguished Performance Award
Usman Ally, The Invisible Hand
 
Obie Awards - 2015 - Performance Gold Star
Usman Ally, The Invisible Hand
 
The Lortels - 2015 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Usman Ally, The Invisible Hand