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Neal Dandade

Neal Dandade has been performing/teaching improv and sketch comedy since 2006. In Chicago, Neal was a member of the Second City National Touring Company and created online content for the Second City Network. He also performed regularly at iO Chicago and was a writer/performer at The Annoyance, where he was featured in the sketch show, Invisible World, and the improv show, Skinprov, both directed by Annoyance founder, Mick Napier. While in Chicago, Neal attended the School at Steppenwolf and completed an M.F.A. in Writing for Screen and Stage at Northwestern University. As part of his coursework, Neal participated in the Chris Rock Internship at Comedy Central in New York, which allowed him the opportunity to shadow writers/performers on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show and The Colbert Report. After graduation, Neal was invited to become adjunct faculty at Northwestern, where he developed/taught Improv for Writers, a class for Radio/TV/Film majors designed to help them break from the regimented world of screenwriting using the spontaneity of improvisation. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2016, Neal was a performer in the CBS Diversity Showcase. Additional acting credits include Shrink(Seeso),Kevin from Work(ABCFamily), Sirens(TNT),and Teachers(TVLand) in addition to regional and national commercials. Get more info about him at http://www.nealdandade.com.

 

AMRITA DHALIWAL

AMRITA DHALIWALis a performer, director, producer and educator. Specializing in the art of physical theatre, improvisation and viewpoints, her work spans stage and film; including The Library of Congress in Washington D.C. for the Exploration of Punjabi Culture and Heritage, and TV credits like Life in Pieces on CBS. She is also the Managing Director for The Idiot Workshop, which offers a place and infrastructure to support a widening community of performers who value and encourage a shared search for the ridiculous and sublime. Amrita most recently performed in the CBS Diversity Showcase, directed Rag Head, a show about Sikhs in post 9-11 America, and has an original solo character, Lady Love,which she performs regularly around Los Angeles. Amrita is a graduate of The School for Theatre Creators, Steppenwolf West, Black Box Acting(Meisner+ Viewpoints), Second City Conservatory, and has studied mask and red nose clown with Paola Coletto, among others. Born and raised in Chicago by her Indian Punjabi Sikh parents, her work explores both simple and complex themes, like love and the infinite duality of life in America. For more visit www.amritadhaliwal.com.

 

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