SO WHO IS ISHIKA MUCHHAL?
She is a candidate for her BFA in Acting with a Social Science Minor (2023) at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Through her art and advocacy, she questions the status quo of storytelling, bringing more diverse cultural perspectives into conversations and processes of creation. Using a non-hierarchical collaborative approach, she works to center marginalized stories and people with authentic representation and intersectionality.
She has trained in contemporary and classical forms of acting, singing, and dancing for over 18 years. Ishika has also published award-winning writing in the categories of PR, journalism, creative writing, and poetry.
Ishika also hosts a show called A QISSAA with Ishika: Quintessential and Inspiring Stories of South Asian Artists, where she interviews and shares the journeys of South Asian trailblazers in the arts. She is a recipient of the California Arts Council's "Individual Artist Fellow" grant for this project.
She has been involved in public service and politics through campaigning, advocacy, and grassroots organizing, currently serving as President of the CalArts Student Union. Past roles include Co-VP of Communications, EDI Co-Chair, and Public Policy Advocate for the National Women's Political Caucus, San Gabriel Valley & CA.
Ishika is an avid punster, traveler, reader, photographer, and binger of movies and TV!