MINITA GANDHI returns to 16th Street where she originated the role of Deepti in the world premiere of A. Zell Williams’ Carroll Gardens. Minita is a Chicago-based playwright/storyteller/actress who was born in Mumbai, India. Raised in the Bay Area, she is proud to call Chicago her artistic home for over 8 years. Her solo play Muthaland was an official selection of The CAATA (Consortium of Asian American Theatre Artists Festival) hosted by Oregon Shakespeare Festival and was part of the Ignition Festival of New Plays at Victory Gardens Theatre 2015. The piece was also selected to be performed at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts by the Statera Foundation for women at their annual conference. Muthaland was workshopped and developed at Silk Road Rising for their Solo Festival, was invited to the Raven Theater for a special performance sponsored by the Indo-American Heritage Museum and was a part of Filet of Solo in 2016 hosted by Lifeline Theatre. The documentary My Muthaland, that follows Minita and her family’s journey with her play, was an official selection of The Chicago South Asian Film Festival this fall. Some of Minita’s regional theatre credits include Lookingglass Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Indiana Repertory Theatre and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Minita originated the role of Priya, in the world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s The Lake Effect. She recently wrapped the web series Brown Girls, can be seen in the recurring role of Dr. Prospere on NBC’s Chicago Fire and has appeared on Fox’s hit show Empire, Exorcist, NBC’s Crisis, ABC’s Betrayal, Fox’s The Chicago Code and was The Onion News Network’s anchor Nina Shankar. Minita is a Master Instructor for Pinnacle Performance Company.