and providing additional dialogue
Meetu Chilana is a singer, writer, actor, and aerialist who has performed at Cirque du Soleil and University Heights, and participated in workshops for Monsoon Wedding on Broadway. She was one of the 14 actors chosen for NBC's 2013 Diversity Initiative program. She is a graduate of the BFA program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Swann Gruen is an actor known for his work on the hit comedy show Inside Amy Schumer and the dramatic short film Turtleface. He starred as Plato in the Lion Theatre's Off-Broadway production of Rebel Without A Cause. He also helped found The Collective, a New York theater group that focuses on producing Contemporary American theater that is "emotionally truthful, socially relevant, and defiantly accessible".
Abeer Khan is a young actor from New York who appeared in two episodes of the award-winning TV series Mr. Robot prior to working on Diwal'Oween. He has also been featured in national commercials for Target.
as Grandma Lata
Susham Bedi was a prominent Indian actor and author who wrote novels, short stories, and poetry. She was also a professor emeritus of Colombia University, one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in the nation, where she had previously taught classes on Hindi language and literature. In addition to her work in academia, Bedi was an actress and commentator on Indian television from the 1960s to the early 1970s. After moving to the US in 1979, she appeared in several TV shows and movies. She was honored by the Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan and the Sahitya Akademi for her contributions to Hindi literature. She was the mother of actress Purva Bedi.
She passed away in 2020.
Manvir Singh is a stand-up comedian who has performed at comedy clubs, universities, and festivals. Through his work, he helps make Sikhs more visible on a unique stage. He hopes to end hatred against Sikhism and other religions by picking up a microphone and bringing people together with the power of laughter. He performs regularly at the historic Carolines on Broadway comedy club.
Bev Sheehan is an actor and casting director with 34 years of experience under her belt. She has worked on radio and TV commercials, provided narration and voice acting, and performed both on-stage and on-screen. She has played dozens of great parts in excellent plays produced by small professional theaters. Her credits include roles on the TV soap opera As The World Turns, the PBS docuseries Wide Angle, and Barry Levinson's Academy Award-winning movie Diner. She is also working as a casting director for the upcoming movie Ships Passing in the Night.
as Officer Philip MacMurray
and providing additional dialogue
Chris Cotton was a writer, actor, and stand-up comedian. He was featured on Gotham Comedy Live several times and regularly performed at comedy festivals and clubs. He helped create the Raven Lounge, a massively popular nightclub in his home city of Philadelphia. Prior to his death, he worked as a co-writer and co-star on Comedy Central's online talk show Every Damn Day. Over the course of his career, he worked with and befriended many fellow comedians, including the Lucas Brothers, Artie Lange, and Chloé Hilliard. Chris was a beloved friend and father who is remembered for his quick wit, outgoing personality, and boundless kindness and generosity.
He passed away in 2019.
as Officer Amina Ahmed
Rehnuma Rahman is an actor, singer, and songwriter from New York City. She has been featured in music videos and commercials, and has acted in several TV shows and films, including The Get Down and Take Two. She also hopes to work in screenwriting one day.
Sorab Wadia is an Indian actor and singer with a nearly three-octave vocal range who has starred in many musicals and operas, including Jihad! The Musical on London’s West End and Karin Coonrod's critically acclaimed production of The Merchant Of Venice at Peak Performances in Montclair, NJ. He also performed a one-man play adaptation of The Kite Runner that toured for seven straight theatrical seasons. He has also appeared in several TV shows.
Albert M. Chan is an actor and filmmaker of Chinese-Canadian descent who (ironically) discovered his love for acting while working towards a PhD in Electrical Engineering at MIT. He is particularly drawn to stories that explore how the human heart changes. He has acted in over 20 movies and TV shows, frequently working alongside famous actors such as Matthew McConaughey, Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber, Kevin Bacon, Dan Lauria, Cybill Shepard, any many more. He has also directed and filmed several successful shows and movies, a few of which he also played starring roles in.
Sparrowhawk Caught on Fire
Kak-u'-nuî Goyahkla Onixohtlak, better known as Sparrowhawk, was born in a city built on top of a land once known as Iyáang (poison oak place), now colonially known as Los Angeles. Sparrowhawk comes from an intertribal heritage, and his ancestors roamed the lands we now know as California, the Southwest, the Sierra Madre mountains, and Northern Old Mexico. Although Eurocentrism, urban life, and Christianity have influenced his family for over two centuries, he has been spiritually inspired to reconnect with his Indigenous heritage and actively seeks to nourish his knowledge of Indigenous language and spirituality. In recent years, his spirit has called him to join political movements and stand up for Indigenous rights. Sparrowhawk's spirit is also responsible for sparking his interest in the performing arts. He has acted in several TV series and short films and is a member of SAG-AFTRA. He has come to see the art of acting as another way to channel spiritual energies.
Juanita Gordon is a singer, actor, and dancer who graduated from the AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Her interest in the performing arts began when she joined a children's choir in her homeland of Jamaica. She recently completed her first contract with Carnival Cruise Line as a lead singer and dancer on their Fantasy-class ship, the Carnival Inspiration. Working on Diwal'Oween was an amazing opportunity for Juanita, as it gave her a chance to hone her acting skills.
James Hunter is an actor and stand-up comedian who has appeared in multiple movies and stage plays. In 2016, he served as an understudy in an Off-Broadway production of Marsha Norman's Getting Out at Lynn Redgrave Theater. He is currently performing a solo show called Ghetto Prince.
David Pendleton is an actor who has played supporting roles in several major films, including the Turner Classic Movies selections Mikey and Nicky, Relentless, Abduction, and New York Nights. More recently, he played a background role in the 2013 romance dramedy Begin Again, starring famous actors Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, and Bud in the 2017 psychological horror film It Comes at Night.
Siraj Huda's path to acting has been a rather unconventional one: he went from milking cows in Nepal, to teaching ice skating in Dubai, to working in publishing and software engineering in the US. When the 2008 recession hit, Siraj discovered acting and never looked back. He has played supporting roles in several TV shows and short films. He believes that his varied life experiences help him get under the skin of each character he portrays.