Ishika Muchhal: Press Kit
Ishika Muchhal (she/her) is an Indian American, LA-based actor, singer, dancer, writer and director.
She is pursuing her BFA in Acting at CalArts ('23), a Lillian Disney Scholar. An International Honor Thespian, she has 70 plays, musicals, films, voiceovers, ads, & competitions to her name. She has written and performed in English and Hindi. In August of 2019, she performed in two shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Ishika fell in love with the arts at age three, training in acting since 9, singing since 12, and dancing since 5 (performing her 2-hour solo recital, or Arangetram, in 2018).
Beyond performance, Ishika is an avid writer, with published, award-winning poetry, creative writing and journalism. She is heavily involved in community and organizational advocacy, leadership, campaigning & volunteering. She has worked with Rotary, National Women’s Political Caucus, American Cancer Society, UNICEF, & Foothill Unity Center.
A bold advocate for representation, she launched an interview series called A QISSAA with Ishika: Quintessential and Inspiring Stories of South Asian Artists.
Ishika loves watching Netflix, listening to music, taking photos, designing, traveling, organizing, & making puns!
Ishika is incredibly hard-working, creative, and takes her training seriously. I was so impressed by the level of passion she has for acting and how she backs that up with dedication and hard work. As a result she demonstrated significant growth in her work and in her ability to take on a range of complex, emotionally challenging roles. Ishika has the talent to play a wide range of character types, i.e. dramatic, heightened, comedic, naturalistic/contemporary. [In her sonnet], Ishika did an excellent job of physical and vocal transformation... It was a powerful performance. [In Angels in America], Ishika dove right in and bravely confronted the emotional intensity of the scene... she brought passion and sincerity to it.
~ Chi-Wang Yang, Acting Teacher at CalArts
"You look at people as people. You look at them as another human being."
~ Barbara Gholar, Excellence in All Things, KGEM
"Jhansi Ki Rani, played by Ishika Muchhal, is an Indian warrior queen ... the first woman of Indian royalty to learn the art of self-defense. ... The effort to dismantle gender roles in Indian culture is effectively portrayed in Muchhal’s performance."
~ Jaelyn Decena, The Cougar Chronicle
"Designer, Juliana Romero and Movement Artist, Sky Spiegel have created this piece in collaboration with the three performers Yunni Lin, Ishika Muchhal and Mady Thornquest. These students bring experience in a wide range of dance forms and performance to create a coherent style of movement that represents their explorations into the abstract concepts of Estés. ... it makes for a delightful visual experience."
~ Richard Beck, Broadway Baby
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) BFA in Acting ‘23
Contemporary & classical acting for stage and screen
Rafael-Lopez Barrantes Voice system: air, metal, wood, earth, water
Speech: IPA, Standard American Stage Speech, Edith Skinner, dialects training
Movement: Yoga, Masks, Contact Improv, Capoeira, Alexander Tech., Choreography
Dance: Bharatanatyam (13 yrs), Bollywood, Musical Theater, beg. Jazz, Hip-Hop, Latin
Singing: Pop/Rock, R&B, Musical Theatre, Western Classical, Indian Classical, Jazz
Improv: Fancy Hobo Improv Troupe: Short form games, genre-based long form
Languages: fluent in English & Hindi; some basic Spanish
Accents: Californian, Indian, British RP, Standard American, basic Texan
Voiceover: commercial, audiobook, animation, educational, wellness, dramatic
Production: Producing, Directing, Video & Sound Editing, Public Relations, Photography
Other: Anchoring, Emceeing, US Passport, Driver’s License, Crutches, basic Indian Drums