Kisha Shantell (born Lakisha Shantell L. Evans; November 14) in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Doris Evans and Ray L. Evans, the lead Guitarist and Pianist in the family band called “The Chicago Wonders.” Shantell is an American Actress, dancer, director, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and creative mind, specializing in the urban genre. She is known for her roles as writer, director, producer and actress in her web series Khyli’s Tangled World (2019). Kisha Shantell is also writing other web series, which are scheduled to premiere in early 2020 and late 2020: A Teenage Love Affair (2020), The Battered Woman (2020), The Heart of a Woman (2020) & Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (2020).
As a child Shantell did her own acting and dancing around the house, performing short skits for her family, often imitating people she may have seen at school, the playground, shopping malls, etc. Shantell spent her summers between her parents houses. The first half of summer she spent at cheerleading/dance camp and the second half of summer she spent in Englewood with her dad. She helped her dad feed the homeless, watched him mentor and coach the little league teams in the neighborhood. She attended Roger C. Sullivan High School in Chicago, Illinois. Her sophomore year at Sullivan High School, she was pleased to meet Savion Glover the Famous rap dancer, choreographer, and actor through her dance teacher Ms. Deidre M. Dawson.
While in high school, Shantell learned various types of dance (Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, Tap, Latin, etc.). People noticed that Shantell stood out, and her dance teacher offered her a spot in the CPS All-City Dance Ensemble as one of the dance captains. Shantell had the opportunity to dance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. After that performance, she knew that acting and dancing would forever be a part of her life.
After graduating high school in 2003, Shantell landed some extra roles. She was a featured extra in a short film, Faster, which was accepted into several festivals including the Chicago International Film Festival, the Cannes Short Film Corner, and the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival. Shantell does not obtain any degree in performing arts, she did take a few acting classes at the Chicago Performing Arts Academy (2012). While watching an older episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, she heard someone describe the sometimes therapeutic effect the act of writing can have, enabling the author to work out his or her own problems. This comment inspired her to apply herself to a career in writing. She soon started writing to herself in her journal, which became the basis for the web series, Khyli’s Tangled World.
I am available for both on screen and voice over acting. I’m also a writer and I’m available to collaborate as a writer. Writing topics include: adventure, action, drama, fiction, medical drama, romance, urban drama, urban erotica and General short story ideas. Please see my resumé for the details of my experience and skills.
For the last few years, I‘be done background work on Empire, Chicago Fire and The Deceiver Movie, as well as in a music video for Singer Ebony Archer for the cover of Rihanna’s “Please Don’t Stop The Music.” I also recently began production on an independent web series that I creates and wrote called “Khyli’s Tangled World.” To hear more of what I am up to, follow me on social media.
Do you have more questions? Are you interested in collaborating on a project? Send me a message, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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