Ishika Muchhal: Press Kit

 
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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!

 
 
 

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PRESS

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

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SKILLS

  • 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

 

Social Media

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