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Amrita Dhaliwal is a performer, producer, educator and director. Currently, she can be seen performing regularly with the Murge, a creation of John Gilkey, as well as many other variety and improv shows in Los Angeles. She also co-produces, writes and hosts the hit LA show, Indian Wedding. She is currently the Managing Director and an instructor for the Idiot Workshop. Behind the scenes, Amrita recently directed Raghead, a play about the increase in hate crimes against Sikh Americans post 9/11. In Chicago, she helped found Dal Vivo Theatre Company, taught at Black Box Acting and worked extensively in the physical theater community. In Los Angeles she was featured as an actor in the CBS Diversity Showcase in 2017 and a few of her TV credits include Life in Pieces and Superior Donuts. Additionally, she has a long history of running, hosting and producing shows in Los Angeles and Chicago. 

Amrita is a graduate of the School for Theatre Creators, a Lecoq based physical theater program. She has trained extensively in clown with Paola Coletto, Aitor Basauri, Philippe Gaulier and Clown School LA. Her traditional theatre training, from Black Box and Steppenwolf, focuses mostly on Meisner and viewpoints. And a true student at heart, she is a graduate of what seems like all the improv/sketch programs… including: Second City Chicago, iO Chicago, Annoyance, UCB and Groundlings. For more information about Amrita or her work, check out amritadhaliwal.com.


Gemma Soldati hails from the great Granite State. The baby of the family. Twice had lice. She studied with The Idiot Workshop & John Gilkey. She was an ensemble member of The Murge, Invention of Language and The Simple Simples. She has studied with Philippe Gaulier, Aitor Basauri, Paola Coletto, Philip Burgers and Deanna Fleysher. She performs in Los Angeles and has produced/created the following shows - The Sleepover Show, Amateur Burlesque and The Cobbler. Her most recent project is The Living Room, a devised clown show with fellow Idiot Workshop teacher, Amrita Dhaliwal.