© 2018 by Mira Sachdeva

 PROJECTS IN Film/THEATer 

Current Projects

During the term of my gap semester, I will be working on a series of short films centered aroung NYC. The topics will range from politics, transportation, tourist sites, and me.  

Check, Please!

As a senior, I was chosen by the head of the department to direct my very own full length play. This play, Check, Please! by Jonathan Rand, is a play centered around a series of blind dinner dates that couldn't get any worse -- until they do. They include a strange cast of characters that include but are not limited to, a person with multipersonality disorder, a raging kleptomaniac, your grandmother's bridge partner and a mime. 

It was so much fun directing this wonderful cast of actors. Their hard work, comittment and talent were truly extraordinary. I spent a lot of time coaching the actors to change their character from moment to moment as two of them had to change characters every scene. I also had so much fun urging them to be qite ridiculous. When we came to perform, everyone in the audience laughed so hard that at intermission I still heard giggles.

The mystery of edwin drooD

Be Aggressive

I was the Assistant Director to the Student Directed Play "Be Aggressive," last year. It is a contemporary coming of age story focusing on the journey of a teenage girl as she navigates the death of her mother.  It is sometimes funny, sometimes painful and ultimately hopeful and powerful. 

As Assistant Director, I helped with scheduling, casting, blocking and specific notes on performance.  I lead rehearsals as well as took notes in the Director's absence. This also led to me recieving the honor to direct a full length play in the Spring of 2018. 

One Act Festival

The One Act Festival is a series of student-directed plays that are each about 5-10 minutes long. Last year there were four plays. I directed and did lighting design for one of the plays. My play Faith by Eric Lane was about a man who had gone to confess a secret he has held for most of his life. 

I saw the play from casting, to rehearsal, to design to finally performance. This production was a part of a semester long class that I had taken.  It was my first experience with directing.

Dance Show Lighting design

Over the last two years, I have done lighting design for an assortment of dance pieces. I started at the beginning of my junior year and designed for a student choreographer. I continued doing lighting design for student choreographers until I was asked to do lighting design for a faculty piece.No student at my school had done lighting for the last seven years for a faculty choreographer, so it was a large honor. My lighting design style has a combination of harsh light and simple color. I love shadow and silhouette.

In addition to doing lighting design I have teched many shows as backstage manager and as a stage hand. 

Seussical

My school's Performing Arts department presented the musical "Seussical," as the fall production. The musical is based on Dr.Seuss's body of work. It is the amalgamation of every seuss story you have read as a child.

I helped both on the production side of things and as an actor. I helped build sets in my free time, move props and painted sets when I could. I was cast as one of the Bird Girls, an ensemble member. It was so much fun to work with all the wondrful actors and actresses. Pictured above are some of the scenes I was a part of. I was a pat of a chorus and held the alto harmonies. 

My school's Performing Arts department presented the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," as the fall production. The musical is based on Charles Dickens' last, unfinished novel. Because the mystery was left unfinished, the musical uses the unusual convention of allowing the audience to vote on the ending! It is set in Victorian England, is hilarious and has wonderful music.

 

I helped both on the production side of things and as an actor. I helped build sets in my free time, move props and painted sets when I could. I was cast as the Princess Puffer, a lead role, that has a range of D5 to F3. It was so much fun to work with all the wondrful actors and actresses. Pictured above are some of the scenes I was a part of.