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Birth NameSonal Bhadresh Shah
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Hailing from Wheaton, Illinois, the dynamic actor, dancer, singer, creator Sonal Shah has more to offer than what meets the eye. She was one of the first Indian-American females to appear in a major role on a network comedy (Scrubs). She's currently recurring on NBC's Superstore, Disney's Mira Royal Detective, Cartoon Network's The Powerpuff Girls, and Amazon's Costume Quest. She was a series regular in ABC Family's pilot The PTA, and appeared in New Girl (FOX), Spaced Out (NBC), Better Things (FX), Transparent (Amazon), and countless short films and theatre productions. Most recently, she shot roles in films The Amazing Annabelle, Definition Please, and Working Title's Covers. Sonal starred in The Blank Theatre's docudrama "Unopened," where her performance was praised as "honest, captivating, impeccably present, and nuanced." She was also one of the leads in IAMA's musical theatre workshop The Future Perfect for Broadway's Kristin Hanggi. Sonal teaches acting at the acclaimed John Rosenfeld Studios in Los Angeles. Funny with heart and everyone's best friend, this intelligent global small townie is a member of Women in Film, a Second City Conservatory graduate, an NBC Diversity Showcase alum, and a kind soulful sassy human.

Sonal earned her cum laude BA in Theater with a concentration in pre-medicine from Loyola University of Chicago where she delivered the student keynote at graduation. A vocal arts and human rights advocate, Sonal is often the guest comedian host for events. Most notably, she hosted the Asian American Institute for Congressional Studies Gala in DC attended by President Obama. She has also hosted galas for Comcast, NBC Universal, and the American India Foundation on Wall Street where she helped raise 2.1 million for education in India. Last month, Sonal hosted Aiden's Red Envelope Foundation Benefit to help children with disabilities.

Sonal has tested for 6 network pilots and performed at theaters including the Tony Award winning Goodman Theatre. She has supplemented her acting education at such prestigious institutions as The Moscow Art Theatre School at Harvard University, The Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Lonestar Ensemble, Artwallah, CAPE, and I.O. Chicago. Sonal has studied under legendary acting teachers such as Lesly Kahn, Margie Haber and John Rosenfeld.

Sonal's work has been highlighted by multiple outlets, including Anokhi Magazine where she was listed as one of the top 10 Fascinating South Asians of the year. Critics highlighted Sonal's performance in award-winning "The First Date," a short film by Janella Lacson. Sonal has also been invited to speak by such academic institutions as Harvard University, the Alpha Gamma Sigma Scholastic Honor Society Leadership Conference and the Indo-American Community Services Organizationn who praised her "Outstanding Dedication and Support for the Community'. She has spoken at events for the South Asian Network, the North American South Asian Bar Association, and the Chicago Foundation for Women: Asian American Leadership Council Achievement Awards.

Sonal is a tour de force, whose wit and ridiculously bodacious talent redefines her tiny physical frame. From bold to straight to edgy to strong characters in both comedy and drama, Sonal's natural groundedness can be trusted with literally any role.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: R.M.

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