Amrita Dhaliwal

A very serious and important person based in Los Angeles, India.

Amrita Dhaliwal, she/her/hers, is a comedian, actor, educator and hospital clown in Los Angeles. She devises work that explores core themes of our humanity, like death or love, through a lens of the current political and social climate.

Most recently Amrita won Best Comedy at the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival for The Living Room, which she had been touring the world. In Los Angeles, she can be seen performing regularly on stage and on screen and is an ensemble member of The Murge, which FLAUNT described as "…a comedy that is so far past stupid that it becomes nonsensically compelling." She also co-produces, writes and hosts the hit LA show, Indian Wedding, featured in LA Weekly as “Top 15 Things to do in LA” and Comedy Cake says “Go, go, go!”. She is currently the Managing Director and an instructor for the Idiot Workshop, founded by Cirque du Soleil’s, John Gilkey. Behind the scenes, Amrita recently directed Rag Head, a play about the increase in hate crimes against Sikh Americans post 9/11, and was featured in StageRaw’s “Top Ten”. And she was featured as an actor in the highly competitive and selective 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase. Her TV&Film credits include Life in Pieces and more.

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. Amrita is a graduate various improv/sketch programs… including: Second City Chicago, iO Chicago, Annoyance, UCB AND Groundlings.

Amrita is most grateful to her Punjabi ancestors, community and family, especially her parents, Tehsel Singh Dhaliwal, P.E., and the late, Balbir Kaur Dhaliwal, P.h.D.

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A Very Very Very Serious Clown from Lebanon
Essay

A Very Very Very Serious Clown from Lebanon

10 November 2020

Amrita Dhaliwal and Nathaniel Justiniano speak with Lebanese humanitarian clown Sabine Choucair, covering the differences between clowning and bouffon, joining the revolution, environmental work, and more.

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Can a Clown Be an Activist?
Essay

Can a Clown Be an Activist?

9 November 2020

Nathaniel Justiniano and Amrita Dhaliwal kick off the clown, bouffon, and activism series, talking about how the clown world has a racism problem and introducing the four contributors who practice their art around the world.

When Clowns Fight The Power
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Series

When Clowns Fight The Power

Clown and activism may seem like an odd couple, but embedded in the nature of clown is the spirit of joy and resistance to oppressive forces. This series features a selection of folx from around the world who are all part of a long and diverse heritage of clown activists.