Ishika Muchhal: Press Kit
Ishika Muchhal is an LA-based, Indian American theater & film actor, singer, dancer, writer, director, producer, & activist. She strives to use arts and advocacy to address social issues, decolonize storytelling, increase representation, and create intersectional new work.
Her training includes a BFA in Acting from CalArts (Social Science minor, Lillian Disney and Flora Hollingsworth Hurschler Scholarships), classical and contemporary dance and singing, and masterclasses in directing, writing, and producing. Ishika received the California Arts Council “Individual Artist Fellow” grant for her interview series A QISSAA with Ishika: Quintessential and Inspiring Stories of South Asian Artists.
She has performed internationally, with highlights being performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Hollywood Fringe Festival, CalArts Walt Disney Modular Theater, A Noise Within, and the award-winning short film The Pomegranate Tree.
Ishika’s passion for social justice translates into her political work on campaigns, advocacy groups, grassroots organizing initiatives, and as the CalArts Student Union President.
Ishika is an avid traveler, reader, photographer, binger of movies and TV, and punster - really, puns are not a choice, they are a lifestyle!
"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 & sincerity." ~ Chi-Wang Yang
"I saw The Fig and the Wasp last night and was FLOORED by you. You showed grace, strength, power, emotion, range - everything that a leading woman can be. You are a force of nature. I pray that you are proud of the mic you just dropped. You are what the Arts need in this world." ~ B. K. Dawson
"Ishika is a young woman of exceptional talent and creativity with a commitment to shaping more just communities-- It’s truly a rare and powerful combination. I believe Ishika has gone above and beyond in her efforts to understand the world around her and artistically respond to it." ~ Dr. Elizabeth Kurien
"Ishika found intensity in stillness and restraint in the first section of the scene, allowing her to expand more fully and surprisingly at climactic later moments. Her final Angelo monologue was spontaneous, dynamic, emotionally transparent, & full of physical detail." ~ Lars Jan
"Ishika’s focus and commitment to the work are unparalleled. Her monologue was beautifully invested and she found real colors and range. By the final presentation of her scene, it had beautiful, painful, and subtle feeling-thought changes. She and Magdalene really made that material theirs and met the very high stakes of the scene." ~ Marissa Chibás
"These students bring experience in a wide range of dance forms & 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
"Ishika has a lot to offer. She is patient and a giving scene partner. Along with her emotional intelligence, she engaged imagination to use intuitive impulses and create specific images.” ~ Mirjana Jokovic
"She was graceful, expansive, pure, peaceful, finding a rawness at her edges. I think her work in both [The] Fig [and the Wasp] and what I saw in class, touched a new trust in Ishika. I saw her own the moment to moment, filling it deeply and to its edges to inform the next moments." ~ Anthony Nikolchev
"I was deeply impressed with Ishika's artistry and the mastery of her craft. I wish I could have captured the positive energy in the auditorium that evening. What a gift she is to the world!" ~ Steve Baker