Minita is an actress/playwright/writer/dramaturg/director who was born in Mumbai, India. Raised in the Bay Area, Minita cultivated an artistic home for herself in Chicago for over a decade before moving to Los Angeles, where she currently resides. MUTHALAND is an autobiographical 90 minute (no intermission), one-woman show that is Jeff Recommended and recently closed a sold-out run of it’s World Premiere at 16th Street Theater in the Chicagoland area. It was extended twice before it closed at the end of October 2017.
It was workshopped and developed in Chicago at Silk Road Rising Theater and an official selection of the Ignition Festival of New Plays at Victory Gardens (2016), The CAATA Festival at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (2016), The Statera Foundation for Women in the Arts Conference at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (2016), The Age and Gender Equity in the Arts Symposium (2017), and has been performed at colleges and universities around the country. It was also selected for the Anne Frank Social Justice Festival at SUNY in Buffalo NY (2017).
Some of her regional theatre credits include Lookingglass Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Minita can be seen in the recurring role of Dr. Prospere on NBC's Chicago Fire, as Musarrat in Brown Girls, and has appeared on Fox's hit show Empire, NBC's Crisis, ABC's Betrayal, Fox's The Chicago Code, and was The Onion News Network's anchor, Nina Shankar. She has been a dramaturg for PCPA Theaterfest most notably for Much Ado About Nothing directed by Patricia Troxel. Director credits include The Sitayana written by Lavina Jadwhani. She is a Master Instructor for Pinnacle Performance Company, where she spent 2016 developing a Women's Leadership Program, and is currently the co-director of the Professional Mentorship Program for Women in the Arts with the Statera Foundation.
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