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Ishika Muchhal is an Indian American theater and film actor, singer, dancer, writer, director and activist based in Los Angeles.


Pursuing her BFA in Acting with a Social Science Minor at CalArts, she strives to use the arts and advocacy to address social issues, decolonize storytelling, increase representation, and create new work through an intersectional lens.


She has trained in:

  • acting since 2009 (classical and contemporary of multiple languages)

  • dancing since 2005 (Bharatanatyam Indian classical dance, hip-hop, Bollywood, fusion, jazz, improv, choreography)

  • singing since 2007 (Western classical, Hindustani classical, musical theater, pop/rock, R&B, jazz)

  • and writing since 2018 (published award-winning writing in the categories of PR, journalism, creative writing, and poetry.)


Some highlights thus far have been:

  • receiving the California Arts Council "Individual Artist Fellow" Grant

  • performing in two shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

  • originating the role of Rosaura Flagg in the World Premiere of "The Fig and the Wasp: at the CalArts Walt Disney Modular Theater

  • interning at East West Players

  • playing Gloucester in King Lear at A Noise Within

  • short films with CalArts and Chapman

  • and her senior solo recital (Arangetram) for Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam.

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 has been involved in public service and politics through campaigning, advocacy, grassroots organizing, serving as Vice President on the CalArts Student Union, and as 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!