Nikita Chaudhry

Artist I Activist I Human Being

Commencement, Italy, Comedy, SAIPAF, Oh My!

So happy and proud to announce that after walking at Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden in May 2015, and upon attending NYU's Commedia dell'Arte program and performing at Villa La Pietra in Florence, Italy, I have officially graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A in Acting, Minor in Performance Studies, and Honors Certificate in Theatre Studies! My thesis title was "Brownness & Belonging: Navigating South Asian American Women's Identity on the U.S. Stage."

I am very grateful for the opportunity to have performed in Firenze, Italia under the direction of Jim Calder. While at Villa La Pietra, I also worked with Nolufefe Mtshabe, Jacob Olesen, Zoey Martinson, and Kathleen Turner. The Commedia dell'Arte training was invaluable - as was the time to travel throughout Italy. From Cinque Terre to Milano to Venezia to Roma to Pompeii, my first 42 days of post-graduate adventures could not have been more inspiring!  

Upon returning to my lovably crazy home of New York City, I performed a sketch at Caroline's on Broadway in Anish Shah's International Incident, representing Hypokrit Theatre Company. It was fun to work with a diverse group of comedians at such a famous venue! 

Finally, I am thrilled to announce that I will be both dancing and singing at the first ever South Asian International Performing Arts Festival (SAIPAF) this August in New York City! Go to for more info and tickets - and make sure to come to Hypokrit nights (Tuesday 8/4, Sunday 8/9) and Dance Nights (Friday 8/7, Saturday 8/8). Hope to see you there!