Minita Gandhi was born in Mumbai, India, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has found herself happily in Chicago for the past six years. She has had the pleasure of working with Tony award winning director Mary Zimmermann on The Arabian Nights, and has worked regionally at The Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Indiana Repertory Theater, Lookingglass Theater, Victory Gardens Theater and Silk Road Rising. She can be seen as the title role in the film Parvati's Golden Skin, and in the upcoming feature The Drunk. She has appeared on Fox's The Chicago Code and can be found online as anchor Nina Shankar with the Onion News Network.
Minita is also a social activist and educator. She passionately works with Imagination Theater doing assemblies on sexual abuse prevention and bullying. She also serves as a media educator for Facets Independent Cinema teaching young adults how to have a more engaged and interactive experience with media as well as serving as a screening host for the Chicago Children's International Film Festival. And, she can be seen all over the US doing corporate comedy improv working with educators in change management with award-winning comedy troupe, Wavelength.
Minita is very excited to be in the upcoming US premiere of Disconnect as Vidya at Victory Garden's Theater this winter. In the Spring she has is very grateful to work with her favorite contemporary playwright, Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), on his new three-person show entitled The Lake Effect where she will be playing Priya. You can also find Minita online on spoofing Ted Talks on The Onion Talks as Arima Nayar as she answers the thrilling question, "What is the Biggest Rock?"