NISHI RAJAN - NON-UNION

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  • Nishi as Umme - We Speak NYC (TV) (Performance Video)  Quicktime

    Nishi plays Umme, a Muslim Bangladeshi nurse who comes to NYC with her 2 daughters, Shumi and Rumi. In the first episode, Umme learns how she can take classes to help her get her NYS Nursing License. We Speak NYC airs on WNYW and WNYE Sunday at 3:30 p.m. EST throughout New York City and is sponsored by the Mayors Office to help immigrants in NYC learn English and everything that NYC has to offer. In this scene of Episode 1, Nishi's character Umme speaks with her oldest daughter Shumi about school, working, volunteering and how she worries about her daughter. The bond between mothers and daughters is universal and goes beyond ethnicity, culture, religion and language. This scene captures the love and bond between the two. Filmed in June and July of 2017, this episode premiered May 2018.

  • Choices - Clip 1 - Drama (Short 2017) (Performance Video)  Quicktime

    By writer and director Jhaelyn Atreaga, Nishi played a protective immigrant Indian mother to a college aged daughter that she was attempting to arrange a marriage for. Her daughter, however, reveals she is a lesbian.

  • Nishi - Queen Berenice - Clip 1 (Performance Video)  Quicktime

    Biblical film completed for director and filmmaker John Chism, The Story of James the Just is a 2.5-hour feature film in which Nishi plays the Jewish Herodian Queen Berenice, a conniving, manipulative & powerful woman who will do anything to protect her family. Screened March 30, 2019.

  • Nishi - Rupali: Aunty Visits, Where is Roopa? (Performance Video)  Quicktime

    Rupali v. Society - Comedy (Short Film) 2017 From comedienne Zubaira Ahmed comes the story of a Bengali family with Americanized children, the oldest of whom wants to only do stand-up comedy and does not want to have an arranged marriage. Nishi plays the mother, Ammu, to these 3 little terrors in this short 10-minute comedic film.

  • Nishi - Cradle - Final Scene (Performance Video)  Quicktime

    Set in London, England, Nishi played Meena Shah, a 36 year old Muslim Bengali mother who grappled with the reality that her youngest daughter, Leela, had become radicalized and escaped to Raqqa to become an Isis bride. The 55-minute one-act showcased the relationship between mother and daughter, in the context of a Muslim Indian family affected by conflict between religious and cultural values, extremism and adapting to modern Western culture. The play was nominated for 2 awards including best director and best lead actress for a long one-act.

  • Nishi - Queen Berenice - Clip 2 (Performance Video)  Quicktime
  • Nishi - Rupali - Intro (Performance Video)  Quicktime
  • Nishi - Rupali - Hide the Pills (Performance Video)  Quicktime
  • Nishi - Cradle - Tea with Officer Bailey (Performance Video)  Quicktime
  • Nishi - Berenice and Priest 1 (Performance Video)  Quicktime
  • Nishi - Berenice and Priest 2 (Performance Video)  Quicktime

Résumé Print Résumé

Education

HB Studio - 2009 - 2012

Theater, Film, Television

New York, New York

Upright Citizen's Brigade - 2011

Comedy & Long Form Improvisation

New York, New York

St. John’s University of Law

Juris Doctorate of Law '02

International Law

Binghamton University

B.A: English - Literature & Rhetoric '99

Minors: Economics/Pol. Sci.

Discography - Professional Singer/Songwriter

Genres: Pop/Alt. Rock/Dance/World/Indian

www.NishiMusicWorld.com

2020

Album: Master of My Fate

Anand Gan & Shu Nakamura

2016

Single: Steal Your Heart Away

Anand Gan - Flytrap Production

2014

Single: Story II

Anand Gan - Flytrap Production

2011

Single: Release Me

Anand Gan - Flytrap Production

2008-2009

Singles/Videos & Performances

Various Producers

2005

EP - Nishi

Ashish Sheth & Moises Modesto

Featured: Newspaper / Magazine / TV / Radio / Web

U.K. - Eastern Eye - (2pg. featured color spread artist)

Canada: Indian Express

India West (California)

Canada: The Weekly Voice

The Capital Post (Washington D.C.)

Prishtina Press (Kosovo)

India This Week (Washington D.C.)

The Journal News (New York)

Japan: Asian Loop Times (Cover

Asiance Magazine (Int'l)

Malayalam TV USA/IPTV

Malayalam Manorama

India Talks TV - QPTV/Time Warner

Voice of America: Border Crossings

The India Journal

Deccan Chronicle (India)

New York Law Journal (U.S.)

Desi News - Cover (Canada)

India Abroad

EMalayalee

Malayalam Pathrum

WRIR - Richmond Independent Radio

Radio Dil - New Jersey

Desi Retrofusion

U.K. BBC - Desi Hits

HeadCase Radio

Bravura Artist

BroadwayWorld.com

Asiance Image Magazine

Women's Entertainment (WE) Mag

Dhoom FM Radio (N.J.)

BroadwayBox.com

Daily Kos

Theater: Director - Musicals & Plays

Salem - Retold (Drama)

Director/Writer/Producer

In Pre-Production for 2021

New York Suite (Dark Comedy)

Director

Producers Club, NY 2015

Rajah's Son/ Princess Labam (Musicial)

Director/Writer/Producer

Medicine Show, NY 2014

Rajah's Son/Princess Labam (Play)

Director/Writer/Producer

Medicine Show, NY 2012

Angels, Giants, Monsters (Musical, Drama)

Assist. Dir./Stage Manager

Medicine Show, NY 2011

Theater: Actor - Musicals & Plays - Full Productions

Cradle

Lead: Meena Shah

Theatre 54, NYC 2019

The Real Inspector Hound

Lead: Felicity

Heights Players, NY 2018

Rajah's Son/Princess Labam (Musical Drama Comedy)

Leads: Labam & Mata-Ji

Medicine Show, NY 2014

Entwine (Play Drama Comedy)

Lead: Annie

Hudson Guild Theatre, NY 2013

Rajah's Son/Princess Labam (Musical Drama Comedy)

Leads: Labam & Mata-Ji

Medicine Show, NY 2012

The Beggar's Opera (Musical Comedy)

Supp: Dolly & Robin

Medicine Show, NY 2012

A Day in the Life of a Hindu God (Play Drama Comedy)

Lead: Parvati

Medicine Show, NY 2012

Angels, Giants, Monsters (Musical Drama Comedy)

Lead: Lilith

Medicine Show, NY 2011

Dracula (Play Drama)

Supp: Vixen

Heights Players, NY 2011

Killing Time (Play Drama Comedy)

Lead: Jamie

Tom Slot, Manhattan Rep. 2011

How Raja's Son Won Princess Labam (Play Drama Comedy)

Lead: Princess Labam

Nat'l Comedy Ctr/Galli, NY '10

Sleeping Beauty (Musical Comedy)

Lead: The Queen

Galli Theatre, NY 2010

Cinderella (Musical Drama Comedy)

Lead: Cinderella (2 productions)

Galli Theatre, NY 2009

Theater: Actor - Full Performance Readings

Troilus & Cressida

Lead: Hector (Reverse Gender Cast)

Instant Shakespeare, NY 2016

Measure for Measure

Lead: Isabella

Instant Shakespeare, NY 2016

The Temp

Lead: Crystal

Medicine Show Theatre, NY 2016

Merchant of Venice

Supp: Jessica

Instant Shakespeare, NY 2016

The Two Noble Kinsmen

Lead: Emilia

Instant Shakespeare, NY 2016

Othello

Supp: Bianca

Instant Shakespeare, NY 2016

Comedie of Errors

Supp: Luciana

Instant Shakespeare, NY 2016

Uncle’s Dream (Dostoevsky)

Lead: Sophia Petrovna

The Brownstone, NY 2016

Henry IV (Parts 1 & 2)

Supp: Mistress Quickly & Hostess

Instant Shakespeare, NY 2015

Merchant of Venice

Supp: Jessica

Instant Shakespeare, NY 2015

Our Town

Lead: Emily Webb

HB Studio Sean O'Laughlin '15

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Lead: Hermia

Instant Shakespeare, NY 2013

The Centurion Musical (Staged Reading)

Lead: Julia

Debbie Orloff/M. Corozine 2011

Feature Films: Actor

The Story of James the Just

Supp: Queen Berenice

Dir: John Chism (2018)

Acajou (Supernatural Thriller)

Supp: Durga

Celluloid Rain Productions '16

Pretty Girls: License to Kill Vol. 1 (Action/Thriller)

Lead: Sunita Gandhi

ZDE Entertainment (Pre-Prod.)

The Italians (Drama Comedy)

Lead: Priya Gupta

ZDE Entertainment (In Prod.)

The Cocks of the Walk (Comedy)

Supp: The Client

Caccioppoli Creative Grp. 2012

Sid's Paralysis (Supernatural Horror Thriller)

Lead: Kareena

Babar Ahmed, 2010; Rl. '12/'13

The Sex Guru (Adult Comedy)

Principal: TV Talk-Show Host

Tony Films, Tony Greer 2012

Short Films: Actor

Dosed (Drama)

Supp: Basette

Zachary J. Leipert 2018

The Long Shot (Comedy)

Supp: Prijaat

Ken Kushner 2015

The Process (Drama)

Lead: Tessa Long

Ethan Sacchi 2011

Information Meltdown (Mystery Educational Game)

Lead: Neelam Varshi

Alley Cat Productions 2011

Vision of Hope (Drama)

Supp: Nurse Assistant

Leo Magett 2010

Last Wish (Horror)

Supp: Demon Wish Girl

Richard Wilson 2011

Television: Actor

We Speak NYC (Drama Episodic, NY Emmy Winning Show)

Lead: Umme

George Lavoo 2017-2018

Newbies (Pilot for HBO - Comedy)

Supp: Mrs. Patel

Christine Martinez 2014

Unspoken (Drama Series, Eps 1-3)

Lead: Dr. Dream Ferrell

Nicholas Long, III 2012-2013

Ghost Hunters (Supernatural Pilot)

Lead: Raveena Sutton

Gary Chan 2011

Commercials: Actor

Marco LaGuardia Hotel (Commercial)

Lead: Princess Lia

ZDE Entertainment 2013

Television - Reality, Talk-Shows & Appearances

India Talks (Live Talk-Show)

Self - Feature Interview

Time Warner/QPTV 2011-2014

Varli Magazine's TV Cook-Off Competition

Self - Co-Star (5 Episodes)

U.S. & Abroad 2012

Malayalam IPTV USA

Self - Feature Interview

IPTV: U.S., India, Canada 2011

Voice of America - Border Crossings

Self - Feature Interview & Performance

Int'l Broadcast, D.C. 2011

Extra / Background Work - Feature Films

New Year's Eve (Comedy)

New Year's Eve Reveler

Garry Marshall 2011

J1 (Russian Drama)

J1-Student (Featured)

Geoffrey Guerrero 2011

The Class Reunion (Horror)

Survivor (Featured)

Tyrik Keyz Washington 2011

When Kiran Met Karen (Drama)

Record Release Party Dancer (Featured)

Manan Singh Katohora 2007

Extra / Background Work - Television

Mysteries of Laura (NBC)

Extra: Club Dancer

NBC Grant Wilfley Casting 2015

Blue Bloods (TV Crime Drama)

Muslim Woman (Featured)

CBS Studios 2010

Professional Singer-Songwriter, Actor and Director, film (features & shorts), stage (Off-Broadway) & television. Reels, bio, photos http://NishiMusicWorld.com Music Video https://youtube.com/watch?v=x_b8zZcfbhM New dance single, Steal Your Heart Away, listen for free http://cdbaby.com/cd/nishi25 | http://instagram.com/nishihime | IMDB: https://imdb.com/name/nm4308643

Physical Characteristics / Measurements

Height: 4'10"

Weight: 100 lbs

Eyes: Brown

Hair Color: Black

Hair Length: Long

 

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