Ameenah Kaplan

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Ameenah Kaplan (born June 17, 1974) is an American actress, musician and choreographer.

Life and career[edit]

Kaplan was born on June 17, 1974 in Denver, Colorado. She was raised in Atlanta, where she graduated from Avondale High School for the Performing Arts, and from New York, where she attended Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and trained in their experimental theater wing. She is a graduate of the Academy of Art University film school.

She has been a drummer since age 12 and was a member of the original American cast of STOMP. She is the west coast drum coach for Blue Man Group. She has played drums and/or percussion with Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble, Adam Lambert, Alisan Porter, Macy Gray, Rihanna, Taylor Hicks, Lisa Haley and the Zydecats, Drake, Leslie Odom Jr., Scarlett Cherry, and the Twinz. She has performed on Oprah, Conan O’Brien, The Academy Awards, the AMA’s, the Grammy’s, and the Tonight Show. Her current bands are : Sin City (hip-hop) and KULA (rock) and BAST [1].



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Broken Silence (film) Ashaela
1999 Flushed
2006 The Masked Champion IV Darla
2009 The Zodiac Show : Metamorphosis herself documentary
2009 Lulu : The R&B Guru a shopper
2012 The American Failure
2014 Love Thy Nature herself documentary
2014 Apocalypse According to Doris Serena
2015 Traffic School : The Musical Roberta


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood herself One episode
2000 18 Wheels of Justice Olivia Season one, episode 18
2002 Strong Medicine Patsy Two episodes
2004 Cold Case Leticia Castillo Season 1, episode 10
2004 Veronica Mars Loretta Cancun Season 1, episode 20
2007 Hannah Montana Mom One episode
2009 Medium Nurse Season 6, episode 23
2009 Heroes Agent Palidan Season 4, episode 9
2011 Harry's Law Forewoman "Pilot"
2011 Mr. Sunshine Angie Season 1, episode 4
2011 Law & Order: LA SID Tech Season 1, episode 6
2011 Grey's Anatomy Makena Two episodes
2011 The Office (U.S.) Val 10 episodes


Year Show
2008 Prove It On Me
2009 Oedipus The King, Mama!
2009 Frosty the Snow Manilow
2009 Altar Boyz
2010 The Ballad of Emmett Till
2010 The Women of Brewster Place
2010 CHiPs the Musical
2010 A Wither's Tale
2011 Camino Real
2011 BASH'd! A Gay Rap Opera
2012 In the Red and Brown Water
2014 Facing Our Truth: The Trayvon Martin Plays
2014 Raditatical

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