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Meetu Chilana is a singer, actor, and aerialist who has performed in Cirque du Soleil, University Heights, and the workshops for Monsoon Wedding on Broadway. She was one of 14 actors in the 2013 NBC Diversity Initiative. She is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts BFA program.
Swann Gruen is a series regular on the hit comedy show INSIDE AMY SCHUMER. He starred as Plato in Rebel Without A Cause on Broadway. He is a founder of THE COLLECTIVE: NY theater group.
After performing at comedy clubs, universities, comedy festivals and more, Manvir realized that becoming a Stand-Up Comedian has proved to expose Sikhs on a unique and unfamiliar stage. He performs regularly at Carolines on Broadway. With his performances, Manvir hopes to end hatred against Sikhism and other religions by picking up the mic and spreading the laughter.
Abeer Khan from New York, has been featured in national commercials for Target, and TV shows including Mr. Robot.
Susham Bedi (Deceased) is an Indian author of novels, short stories and poetry, currently living in the United States. Born July 1, 1945, Bedi is a professor of Hindi language and literature at the department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC) at Columbia University, New York. She writes predominantly about the experiences of Indians in the South Asian diaspora, focusing on psychological and 'interior' cultural conflicts. Unlike other prominent Indian American novelists she writes mainly in Hindi rather than in English. She has been widely translated into English, French, Dutch and other languages by artists, academics, and students.
She was an actress in India in the 1960s and early 1970s. More recently in the United States she has appeared on such shows as True Crime: New York City, Third Watch, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and in movies such as The Guru (2002) and ABCD (1999). She is the mother of the actress Purva Bedi.
In 2007 she was awarded 100,000 rupees by Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan for her contributions to Hindi language and literature.
In January 2006 she was honored by Sahitya Academy in Delhi for her contributions to Hindi literature
Bev Sheehan has 34 years of radio and T.V. commercials and audio/video narrations and dozens of great parts in really good plays in small professional theaters including DINER, AS THE WORLD TURNS,
WIDE ANGLE, UNSOLVED MYSTERIES, Grand Theft Auto, and Once Upon A Potty for HIM, and HER.
OFFICER PHILIP MACMURRAY & ADDITIONAL DIALOUGE
Chris Cotton (Deceased) is a stand up comedian, actor and writer. He's also co-founder of his own Production company (Center City Comedy LLC). Cotton is a regular on the Artie Lange Uncensored Podcast & The Gavin McInnes Show, and has worked with a lot of best national headliners such as Hannibal Burress, Artie Lange, Keith Robinson etc... He has done the Gotham Comedy Live (2015), Artie Lange Show (2013) several times, and also participated in the NYC Festival (2014), Semi-Finslist NBCuniversal Stand up competition (2013), World Series of Comedy Festival (2013), Eric Andre Show Live (2012), Charleston Comedy Festival (2012)
Chris Cotton began performing stand-up comedy in the same city he was born and raised in (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). His Stand up Comedy Set topics include pop culture, current events, being married, and growing up in the city. Equipped with an easy going style, Chris is rapidly gaining popularity. He currently the Co-Host of the Artie Quitter Podcast with Artie Lange. Chris has worked with many of the best national headliners including Keith Robinson, Godfrey, Bret Ernst, Tommy Davidson, Kevin Hart, Judah Frielander, and Hannibal Burress. As a writer Mr. Cotton has written and acted in numerous sketches, television shows and contributed to developing commercial advertising. When he is not performing Chris enjoys spending time with his lovely wife.
OFFICER AMINA AHMED
Rehnuma Rahman is an actress, singer, and songwriter from New York City. She has featured in several music videos, commercials, web series, and films. She hopes to also write for TV and film one day.
Born in Bombay, India, he has performed internationally as an actor and singer in an eclectic mélange of projects ranging from The Merchant of Venice staged in the Jewish ghetto in Venice, Italy, to The Play of Daniel, a medieval music-drama, to the notorious Jihad! The Musical on London’s West End. He garnered rave reviews for his performance as Ali Hakim on the U.S. National Tour of Trevor Nunn’s production of Oklahoma! Sorab tours internationally with Kite Runner, a one-man play directed by Wynn Handman. Off-Broadway shows include Karin Coonrod’s production of The Tempest, Bunty Berman Presents... (The New Group) & Nymph Errant.
TV credits include Madame Secretary, Law & Order: SVU, 30 Rock, Chapelle’s Show. Films include The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim, Suburban Girl, & Hiding Divya. Among his many opera productions are Les contes d'Hoffmann, Lakmé, Ariadne auf Naxos (Israel), Nozze di Figaro, L'enfant et les sortilèges (Italy), La Traviata & Madama Butterfly (USA).
You can find more at www.SorabWadia.com and follow him on Facebook at SorabWadiaPerformer.
A native of Canada now based in the United States, Albert M. Chan is an actor and filmmaker of Chinese descent. Ironically, it was only when he was working towards his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at MIT that Albert began to explore the creative arts and discovered his true passion for telling stories that matter — stories about how the human heart changes.
After several years of persistent and conscientious effort, Albert's first acting break came in 2006 when he landed a role in Disney's live-action film version of the classic cartoon Underdog, (James Belushi, Amy Adams, Jason Lee). Since then, his film and TV roles have included 30 Rock (NBC), Law & Order SVU (NBC), Body of Proof (ABC), Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The Makeover (ABC), Clear History (HBO), and Brotherhood (Showtime). He has been cast by directors such as Spike Lee, Greg Mottola, Henry Bromell, and Mark Waters to act opposite Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Justin Long, Larry David, Cybill Shepherd, and Mariska Hargitay.
Sparrowhawk Caught on Fire
Kak-u'-nuî Goyahkla Onixohtlak, better known as Sparrowhawk, was born in a modern city built on top of a land once known as Iyáang (poison oak place), colonially known as Los Angeles, California. It was during a phase of a New Moon in the Spring and according to the civil calendar, March 26, 1990. Sparrowhawk comes from an intertribal heritage, his ancestors roamed the lands of what we now know as California, The Southwest, Sierra Madre Mountains and Northern Old Mexico. Although euro-centrism, the urban life and Christianity has influenced his family for at least two centuries, fragments of the spoken indigenous languages, stories, prayers, customs, and spirituality somehow made it to his awareness, and now he continues to nourish his knowledge and to embrace his Cultural Heritage.
Growing up, he always refused to cut his hair, and managed to keep it long for most of his life despite of having to cut it to fit a "system" or discipline, but he is proud that was the most notable Native custom he was able to maintain throughout his early days. He studied 7 languages and became fluent in most of them, but he's not very proud of such because neither of them were indigenous to this Hemisphere. Now as an adult, he is using his linguistic skills to learn into depth the languages spoken by his ancestors. Studying the mother tongues Uto-aztecan and Athabaskan has opened his mind into the various languages and dialects his ancestors spoke. And continuing to learn more mother tongues, he has found a way to honor, his intertribal ancestry: Nde(Apache),Wixarika,Otomi,Chumash and other Costanoan, Puebloan and Southwestern tribes/nations. In recent years, his spirit has called him to learn how to join movements and stand up for indigenous causes. That is what also called him into the performing arts. His first acting role was appearing as Crazy Horse, for a Fox News Docu-series, and a month after that, he worked on an HBO pilot based on the Salem Witch trial Drama where he played a Wewenoc Warrior, and that's what helped him join SAG-AFTRA. Sparrowhawk is learning more and more about the art of acting and comedy, he sees this art as another way to channel energies.
Getting into the mind and spirit of a character requires serious skills and he intends to become an expert at such. In hopes of audiences appreciating his arts and performances, this will motivate him in learning and teaching into depth and dimension the Arts, Languages, and Cultures of all indigenous people of The Western Hemisphere!
Juanita Gordon started singing in the children’s church choir back in her homeland of Jamaica. After migrating to New York in the 2000s she continued her passion in the arts. The graduate of AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Art, recently completed her first contract with Carnival Cruise Line as lead singer dancer on their fantasy class ship, The Carnival Inspiration. Having the chance to hone in on her acting skill while working on the Diwal’oween production was an amazing opportunity.
James Hunter's film credits include Kofi, and the hit movie, American Gangster. He has appeared in an off Broadway production of Marsha Norman's, Getting Out earlier this year at the Lynn Redgrave Theater. James is currently performing his solo show, Ghetto Prince and continues to perform Stand up comedy.
David Pendleton was born on November 5, 1937 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor, known for All My Children (1970), One Life to Live (1968) and Begin Again (2013)
Siraj Huda Born in Orissa, India, Siraj Huda considers himself an accidental actor. He took an unconventional path to his acting career, milking cows in Nepal and teaching ice skating in Dubai on the way. After immigrating to the United States to pursue an MBA, Siraj moved to New York City where he has worked in publishing and as a software engineer. When the recession hit in 2008, Siraj discovered acting and never looked back. His varied life experiences contributed to his ability to get under the skin of the characters he portrays.