Kalyani Nagarajan


Kalyani is a recent graduate of Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama

School. She has been acting from a young age and began her passion for comedy and clown in Auckland Theatre Company's Next Big Thing Festival, where she played a 90 year old SAS agent/checkout chick.

Kalyani studied Mask, Moliere and Melodrama at Ecole Phillipe Gaulier in France, and has been a part of workshops with clown Dr Brown. She has a passion for comedy and is in the process of creating a work for the NZ Comedy Festival in May. She's also working with Indian Ink Theatre Company to create her own solo work, which she began creating in her first year of drama school.

Kalyani is very passionate about her culture and representing her background in the New Zealand arts industry. She has practiced Bharatha Natyam (Indian classical dance) for 14 years and is currently very interested in the study of accents.  She has currently mastered Cantonese, South African, Indian and Boston among others.

Kalyani would like to devise work and create comic yet heart-warming pieces that can give life and dignity to the ordinary characters in society that often get overlooked.

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