Amrita Dhaliwal, she/her/hers, is a Jane of all trades and Queen of all of them because she can and she does. Amrita is currently the Managing Director and an instructor for the Idiot Workshop. Most recently Amrita co-authored and curated an essay series for HowlRound about clown and activism with Nathaniel Justiniano of Naked Empire Bouffon Company. She also won Best Comedy at the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival for The Living Room, which she had been touring the world with Gemma Soldati. In Los Angeles, she can be seen performing regularly on stage and on screen and is an ensemble member of The Murge, which FLAUNT described as “…a comedy that is so far past stupid that it becomes nonsensically compelling.” She also co-produces, writes and hosts the hit LA show, Indian Wedding, featured in LA Weekly as “Top 15 Things to do in LA” and Comedy Cake says “Go, go, go!”. Amrita was featured as an actor in the highly competitive and selective 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase, in which she performed the first and only mime piece in the history of the showcase. Behind the scenes, in 2018 Amrita directed Rag Head, a play about the increase in hate crimes against Sikh Americans post 9/11, and was featured in StageRaw’s “Top Ten”. She is currently on the board for Clowns Without Borders as well.
Amrita is a graduate of the School for Theatre Creators, a Lecoq based physical theater program. She has trained extensively in clown with Paola Coletto, Aitor Basauri, Philippe Gaulier and Clown School LA. Her traditional theatre training, from Black Box and Steppenwolf, focuses mostly on Meisner and viewpoints. She is also a graduate of various improv/sketch programs… including: Second City Chicago, iO Chicago, Annoyance, UCB AND Groundlings. For more information about Amrita or her work, check out amritadhaliwal.com.