S A P N A   G A N D H I
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British born, raised in Northern California, and with East Indian roots, my childhood was an intense blend of Bollywood and ballet, martial arts and musicals, and many more cultural conundrums. I grew up speaking five languages, equally loving all cinema, from the swirling dramas drenched in song that Bollywood gave me to the fierce, raw indies and satirical dark comedies that made me think and feel, and everything in between. I love all art. Even bad art.

Expression is everything. I love crafting and inhabiting characters and the opportunity to exercise empathy and communicate ideas. An avid lover of mythology, psychology and philosophy, I admire the many ways stories are told and the power they can have to stir something inside of us and inspire change. After graduating with degrees in English & Women's Studies, I trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and am grateful for the opportunity to create.

I've played a slew of ethnically ambiguous characters but my favorite stage roles include Harper in "Angels In America", Prudence in "Beyond Therapy", and Susan in "Do You Want to Buy My Brain?"  As a member of San Francisco's Jump! Theatre, I wrote, produced, and starred (as an actor/singer/dancer) in the moody, mixed-media production of 
Terminally Female: A Cabaret, before migrating to Los Angeles.

Television credits include roles on 
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFETHE FOSTERS and SCANDAL, and I can be seen in several short films (including festival darling JAM), indie cult feature DUST UP, and most recently in the series IN ABSENTIA (Raindance, Remi Winner at the Houston International Film Festival) and features THUMPER (which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival) and 20 WEEKS (which premiered at the LA Film Festival).

I aim to contribute content that matters. Alongside being an actor, I redefined the term "short" and negated all notions of typecasting with my comedic series, 
BROAD STROKES, am developing a psychological thriller (STAIN), and recently produced/starred in a feature film (ABOUT STRANGERS) and short film (BREAK) - under the umbrella of my production company,  Elegant Grotesque .

I also serve as Editor-in-Chief of the L.A. based film collective 
We Make Movies  and am 1/2 of the musical duo  VATAVARAN .