Usman Ally is an ensemble member of American Theater Company. Born and raised in Southern and Eastern Africa, Usman moved to the United States in 2000. He received a BA in Theater and Cultural Anthropology from Lewis and Clark College, and graduated with an MFA in Acting Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida.
Usman lives in Los Angeles but also spends time in Chicago and New York City, although his acting work has taken him to much of the United States. Usman is best known for his starring role in THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY (World Premiere Victory Gardens Chicago, New York Premiere Second Stage, and West Coast Premiere Geffen Playhouse) which went on to receive a Pulitzer Nomination, and win the OBIE, LORTEL, NEW YORK TIMES and JEFF AWARDS for Best Play.
Other notable world premieres include starring roles in the Pulitzer Prize and Jeff Award winning DISGRACED, for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the Joseph Jefferson Awards, and the role of the wise panther Bagheera in Mary Zimmerman’s stage adaptation of THE JUNGLE BOOK for which he won Best Actor in a Musical at the IRNE Awards.
On television Usman can be seen as a recurring character on Season 4 of FX's DAMAGES and Season 2 of Boss on Starz, and recently played a major Guest Starring role on the highly anticipated CBS show Madam Secretary, opposite Tea Leoni. Other TV credits include ABC's Castle and the pilot episode of NBC's The Player.
Awards and Recognition:
IRNE Award: Best Actor in a Musical 2013 for THE JUNGLE BOOK.
Equity Joseph Jefferson Award Nominee for Actor in a Principal Role for his role in DISGRACED.
Usman is the 2010 recipient of the Fox Fellowship/Theater Communications Group Award for Artists of Extraordinary Potential. He is currently writing a yet to be titled play to be produced at American Theater Company. New City Stage named Usman Ally one of the TOP 5 Actors of 2008 and 2009 for his work in CELEBRITY ROW (ATC) and THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY (Victory Gardens).