Akilah “AK” Walker is an actress, auteur and creative producer fascinated by the performative, the magical and the absurd–especially as it relates to people of the African diaspora.
Akilah was named ‘Best First Time Director (Female) by The Independent Shorts Awards in October of 2021 for her directorial debut short film ‘Ivar Tunnel: Shook Ones’ (IT:SO) The film also won Best US Short Film from the San Francisco Indie Film Festival and Best Cinematography from the Black Women Film Network. ‘IT:SO’ premiered at the Toronto Black Film Festival in February 2022 and was featured in a collection of films on the black-owned streaming platform Kweli TV. ‘Ivar Tunnel: Shook Ones’ will play at The Brooklyn Film Festival in June of 2022.
In fim, she can be seen in Emmy-nominated director Jaclyn Bethany’s Under The Lantern Lit Sky and Sorry To Bother You helmed by the legendary Boots Riley. Walker also performed in the highly-selective ABC Discovers Talent Showcase in 2020. Williams wrote and directed the short film Yoga Love which is currently in post-production. AK also co-directed “Broke Brie” along with Khomari Flash, a television pilot following a young woman living in LA on a hilariously tight budget, which premiered at the Women of African Descent Film Festival. Most recently, AK co-founded Good Mother Films, a creative production company that specializes in producing innovative and community-conscious content for film, television, web, theatre and beyond.
AK holds an MFA in acting from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco as well as a BA in Acting from Fordham University. Originally an Atlanta native, she now proudly calls Los Angeles home.