of New York Universitys renowned Tisch School of the Arts Drama Program, Kelli began her professional life as an actress
and singer before making the transition into casting.
Always the entrepreneur, in 1998 Kelli founded Artistic Endeavors,
LLC, a company devoted to providing advanced workshops and seminars geared toward the professional performer. These workshops
were conducted by the most influential casting directors, producers and directors in New York City. It was during this time
that Kelli fostered relationships that changed the course of her career. One such relationship was with HBOs Emmy Award
winning Producer, Elaine Meryl Brown. Elaine recognized Kellis sharp eye for talent and hired her to cast the HBO television
program Chat Zone, a show that Kelli is proud to still be casting today. It was through this experience that Kelli
discovered her true calling and in 2002 Kelli Lerner Casting was established.
Since that time Kelli has cast films
under the esteemed direction of Walter Salles and Kevin Bacon as well as many others. Feature films Kelli has cast have starred
among others David Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Matthew Modine, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Julianna Margulies, Thora Birch, Joely Fisher,
Paget Brewster, Ricky Ullman, Tim Roth, Jennifer Connelly, Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Oliver Platt, Campbell Scott, Kyra
Sedgwick and Marisa Tomei.
In addition to casting, Kelli has also worked as a producer on a number of films including
the highly acclaimed 2006 Regent Entertainment feature, "Fat Girls".
Kelli is a former Board Member of the Epilepsy
Foundation of New York City and currently works as an advocate for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles. She is
the Co-Founder of "Teen Talk", an outreach program for teens with epilepsy. She is also a recipient of the Epilepsy Foundation
of Americas 2002, Making A Difference Award.
Kelli is a member of The Casting Society of America (CSA).