Originally from the tiny town of Saratoga, California, Kelli has been involved in the performing arts since she was very young. During high school, she studied acting at various local theaters, such as San Jose Repertory and American Musical Theatre of San Jose. Kelli chose to earn her Bachelors in Theatre Arts at UCLA.
During her time at UCLA, she studied acting in both the theater and film departments, working with many graduate film directors. She was also heavily involved in the UCLA Shakespeare Group and studied theatre for a year in England.
Upon graduation, she immediately began performing in shows around Los Angeles, starting with a Shakespeare in the Park production of “Taming of the Shrew” directed by Kate Geer. Kelli returned to England for her Masters degree, this time studying at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and to her delight, living ¼ mile from where Shakespeare is buried.
Now back in Los Angeles, Kelli is still involved in both theatre and film. She can be seen in a number of independent films, such as Shabbat Shalom, and Future Tense and has provided multiple voices for Japanese animé. Her love for teaching continues as well as her love for writing. Her original play, Briar Rose, debuted at the Lyric Theatre with the Whitmore Eclectic Theater Company.