Lesbian comic, and actor
After being cut from the junior high basketball team, Sapna auditioned for the school play and has been acting ever since. With a B.A. in Theater and Creative Writing from Purdue University, Sapna began her career in Chicago, where she trained at iO and acted in over 10 theater productions, including understudying at the Steppenwolf Theater, and touring nationwide with Chamber Theater of Boston.
She was featured at the Olivia Travel’s 40th Anniversary celebration in the Dominican Republic, with headliner Wanda Sykes. Sapna has been active in Chicago’s vibrant comedy and theater scene for a decade. She loves this city! Other credits include LOGO TV’s One Night Stand-Up 9 and as a regional finalist for NBC’s Last Comic Standing 4. Sapna also loves acting and has been in the independent feature films Promise Land and Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together, both shot in Chi-town, and had the privilege of understudying Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul at the Steppenwolf Theater. An Indian American girl with a Midwest heart (and unfortunately, appetite too), Sapna is delighted to have been embraced by the wonderful LGBT community in Chicago and by the local comedy club circuit.
Now pursuing her LaLa-land dreams living in Los Angeles, Sapna is delving into the landscape of film and television. She played a supporting role in the indie feature Promise Land, which was a Sundance Film Festival Selection, and appeared in the OUTFEST selection Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together. As a stand-up comic, Sapna has been seen on LOGO TV’s “One Night Stand Up 9,” and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing 4,” and was voted one of the 50 Hottest Women in Comedy in 2013 by AfterEllen.com.
This past year, Sapna wrapped three short films and a Web series, and will be shooting her original short in August. This girl loves to enter characters and would be willing to play a basketball player again, if a director asked her to.