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About Meetu

Chilana_Meetu_199_ret2Meetu Chilana is a New York based actress, singer, songwriter, and TV host. Rocking a 3 octave vocal range, she has repeatedly worked as a singer/character for Cirque du Soleil. She toured nationally with their production KOOZA as the “Indie Chanteuse” and recently completed the world tour of Cirque du Soleil’s ZARKANA as a lead vocalist, character actor, and wire-acrobat at the Moscow Kremlin Theater and Radio City Music Hall. Most recently Meetu was selected as one of 14 actors nationwide to be endorsed by NBC Universal’s 2013 Diversity Initiative in New York. She is currently a host on AVS TV, an internationally syndicated Bollywood magazine show with 90 million viewers worldwide, and her narration work can also be heard for several books on Audible.com

Born and raised in New Jersey, Meetu spent much of her childhood in the performing arts. On top of jazz, tap, and ballet classes, piano lessons, kirtan performances, and bhangra team practices outside of school, her academic life was filled with choirs, musicals, jazz band, playing the violin, flute, and handbells. She is the eldest of four children born to first generation (Indian) Punjabi Sikh parents. Thankfully, she inherited their musical tastes growing up listening to old Punjabi folk songs and retro Bollywood tunes on repeat.

She also inherited an affinity to the sciences which originally led her to the Academy for Medical Science Technology– part of the regional magnet high school, Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, NJ. Ironically however, it was there her love for the theater and music flourished and eventually gained her admission to NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.

Her professional involvement began early on, singing with her jazz trio, hosting for television, acting in commercials and plays, and associate producing the independent feature film starring Madhur Jaffrey, “Hiding Divya.” It was for this film that Meetu recorded her first single, “Lost” which was released as a part of her debut EP, “I Am.”

Shortly after, Meetu performed in “Jihad: The Musical” which received worldwide recognition at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007. Since then she has worked on various musical works, including D.D. Jackson’s original jazz opera, “Quebecite,” “RakheLeah” (composed by Tony-award nominated, Liz Swados), and The New Group’s “Bunty Berman Presents…”

As a recording artist and singer, she has shared the stage with the esteemed Ustad Sultan Khan camp, Karsh Kale, Kailash Kher’s Kailasa, Asha Puthli, and Nina Sky at venues all over the world including “The Bluefrog” in Mumbai and New York City’s famous– Jacob Javits Center, The Fillmore at Irving Plaza, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

She has also recorded tracks with Bollywood’s Eric Pillai, Talvin Singh, DJ Rekha, producer/writer David Maurice (worked with artists including Jay-Z, JC Chasez, Kerli, Garbage), and Livingstone Brown (worked with artists including Seal, Avril Lavigne, Snoop Dogg, Wyclef Jean) and has had her music featured on the BBC and New York’s Hot 97 Radio stations.

She is in the process of completing a new album of original music due for release in 2014.

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MEETU CHILANA

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HAIR: Brown           EYES: Brown            HEIGHT: 5’2″

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THEATRE:
Cirque Du Soleil’s ZARKANA Principal Characters Radio City Music Hall, Kremlin Theater
Cirque Du Soleil’s KOOZA Principal Vocalist National Tour
BUNTY BERMAN PRESENTS…(workshop) Radha The New Group
BUMBUG UNPLUGGED Mrs. Scroogewala, Cratcheeta Patel Wild Project
A SMALL HISTORY OF AMAL BY AMAL Amal Wake Up Marconi Productions
RAKHELEAH Zilpa La Mama ETC w/ Liz Swados
JIHAD: THE MUSICAL Noor Edinburgh Fringe Festival
TROILUS & CRESSIDA Andromache Soho Repertory Theatre
THIS IS OUR YOUTH Jessica Goldman George Street Playhouse
BARELY BREATHING Geeta Theatre Row
THE ART OF PANHANDLING Alerianna Henry Street Settlement
SEVEN. 11 CONVENIENCE THEATER 2006 Various Kraine Theater
SEVEN. 11 CONVENIENCE THEATER 2007 Deepa, Cheekochio Queens Theater
HIGH TEA Indranee ATA Chernuchin Theater
BOMBAY SCREAMS Shruti Columbia U. w/ Anna Bogart
I AM THE CHICKEN MAN, CLUCK Susan Salaam Theatre
STUPID: THE PLAYS Tara Flea Theater
FILM:
FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS Nadia Dir. Mithra Alavi
HIDING DIVYA Meghana Dir. Rehana Mirza
AL QARAM Fiza Dir. Affandy Yacoob
TIME AND THE HOUR RUN Mysterious Beauty Dir. Samir Patel
MEETING DURGA Durga Jaitley Dir. Priya Narayan
TELEVISION:
NBC DIVERSITY SHOWCASE 2013 Priya NBC
UNIVERSITY PLACE (Pilot) Nola Showtime
DEFINE YOURSELF Rekha Wrecka MTV
SIKHS IN THE CITY Jasmine Laughistan
COMMERCIALS/HOSTING:
List Availible Upon Request
TRAINING:
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS- B.F.A. DRAMA (Honors w/ Minor in PRODUCING)
Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute
Advanced Acting: Hope Arthur Acting: Bill Balzac, Geoffrey Horne
Jazz/Tap: Jeffery Ferguson Ballet: Barrie Estes
Tai Chi: Ron Navarre Script Analysis: Lorca Peress
Speech: Marnie Andrews Movement: Michael Ryan
Dialects: John Van Wyden Acting for Film/TV: Pennie DuPont
Voice Production: Scott Flaherty Balinese Dance: Carlos Fittante
Style and Character Studio- Advanced Film/Television Performance
Acting/Scene Study: Kay Matschullat On-Camera Technique: James Gardner
Mask: Per Brahe Comedy: Arthur Bartow
LeCoq Technique: Richard Crawford Advanced Improvisation: Rosemary Quinn
VOCAL Vocal Technique: Will Bryan Jazz Improvisation: Peter Prisco
VIEWPOINTS Mary Overlie
MASTER CLASS (Acting Workshops) Kathleen Turner, Bob Krakower
HOSTING BOOTCAMP Marki Costello, Todd Miller
VOICEOVER       Doriane Elliott
SPECIAL SKILLS:
Singing 3 Octaves Suspended Upside Down by a Wire 11 Shows a Week. for real.Trained Singer (Mezzo-Soprano, Range: Bb2-Bb5); Indian Traditional Singing, Fluent Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi; Conversational in Spanish; Moves Well (Jazz, Bhangra, Latin, Belly Dancing); Accents/Dialects (Indian, Middle Eastern, British –Standard/Cockney, Southern); Teleprompter/Earprompter Experience; NJ State Driver’s License (Standard/Automatic Driving); Plays Piano; Martial Arts/Kickboxing

Chilana’s gorgeous voice haunts the cavernous Radio City space.

- New York Press
Meetu Chilana brings Bollywood, bhangra flavor to Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Zarkana’
Meetu Chilana brings Bollywood, bhangra flavor to Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Zarkana’

READ: She’s having the Cirque du Soleil experience of her life, but Meetu Chilana, who previously toured in Cirque’s production of Koozå and is currently winding up her run at Radio City Music Hall in the company’s Zarkana, is making it into the “Meetu experience.”

New York-based Chilana, who was born and raised in New Jersey, is playing the role of Clown Diva Castafiore in the surreal Zarkana (the title fuses the words “bizarre” and “arcana”), and understudying the fanciful roles of Lia (the magician Zark’s assistant), Mandragora (Flower Pistil Mutant Lady), Kundalini (Snake Mutant Lady), and Tarantula (Spider Mutant Lady). She also voices the animated Pickled Lady. …READ MORE…

A Cirque Show Even Non-Fans May Like
A Cirque Show Even Non-Fans May Like

READ: Cirque du Soleil, the entertainment behemoth created by Guy Laliberté, is a binary creature—you either like its fusion of ballet and death-defying acrobatics or you don’t. Zarkana, which has returned for a second, slightly trimmed-down stint at Radio City Music Hall, pushes the show’s dark edges even further. But Cirque haters beware: You’d be missing out to avoid it. Zarkana, written and directed by François Girard, achieves an effect that borders on rapture. …READ MORE…

 

 

Meetu Chilana: For the love of the stage
Meetu Chilana: For the love of the stage

READ: Meetu Chilana’s life has changed. Until a cou- ple of years ago she was like many other New York’s artists — buzzing with talent, yet struggling to be seen. But now most

of the days of the week, Chilana catches the subway from her apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and heads to Radio City Music Hall where she performs as an understudy in Cirque Du Soliel’s new show Zarkana.

On Sundays and every alternate Tuesday she plays the lead — Lia, the lost love of Zark, a magician. In this role Chilana is often hanging from wires — with a harness — while she performs the show’s high ele- ments songs as a snake lady, a flower girl, a spider woman and, of course, Lia. She has grand moments when she captures the attention of the entire 6,000 seat theater and she loves it. The rest of the week she plays other roles in the show. …READ MORE…

NY Review: ‘Zarkana’
NY Review: ‘Zarkana’

READ: Bisson and Chilana make a dynamic duet, her soaring voice a nice interplay with his more fluid tenor. Girard still makes time for quieter pieces, such as gorgeous sand painting by Erika Chen and the crowd-pleasing acrobat Anatoly Zalevskiy, who performs a simple routine displaying strength and elegance. …READ MORE…

Feature Articles: Meetu Chilana
Feature Articles: Meetu Chilana

DOWNLOAD: A PDF including articles featuring Meetu Chilana in Andpersand Magazine, Eastern Eye, The Indian American, Indus Age, Sher-E-Punjab, Nxg Online

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