A combination of wit, intelligence, strength, soul and humanity, Sonal Shah has acted in the final season of Scrubs, New Girl, Better Things, Transparent, Comedy Central, pilots, praised short films, and various web series. This past summer, she filmed the lead in independent feature thriller, Cold, and currently recurs as a voice on Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls. Along with actor Parvesh Cheena, Sonal hosted the Asian American Institute for Congressional Studies 22nd Annual Gala in Washington DC and welcomed keynote speaker, President Obama. They also hosted American India Foundation’s gala on Wall Street to help raise $2.1 million to send to schools in India and are 3 time hosts for NBC Universal’s Diwali Gala. Sonal is a true advocate for all kinds of artists. Anokhi Magazine featured her as one of the most Sexy and Successful people of the world. She was also named one of the Top 50 Coolest Indians in the globe as well one of the top 10 Fascinating South Asians of the year. She currently teaches acting at John Rosenfeld Studios and owns The Creative Artists Lab- an innovative artists’ collaborative designed to activate, inspire and deliver.
Always a performer, Sonal hails from Wheaton, Illinois and grew up a professional dancer, singer, and choreographer. An active member of show choir, Sonal was also crowned Miss DuPage County, named one of the county’s top twenty students, honored with the Burshtan Kiwanis Leadership Award, and attended Loyola University of Chicago as a Presidential Scholar. She graduated cum laude with a major in theatre and a concentration in pre-medicine. Sonal performed at Theatres in Chicago including The Tony Award winning Goodman Theatre, Collaboraction, Running With Scissors, and Stir Friday Night. Along with some friends, she started Rasaka Theatre Company and supplemented her acting education at Improv Olympic and The Moscow Art The
atre School at Harvard University.
After moving to Los Angeles, Sonal was quick to start testing for pilots and booked her first series regular role in a sitcom for ABC Family, The PTA. She has studied with John Rosenfeld, Lesly Kahn, The Groundlings, Margie Haber, and also graduated from The Second City Conservatory. Sonal has performed with The Lonestar Ensemble, Artwallah, CAPE, and was selected to participate in the NBC Diversity Showcase. She was a presenter with Neil Flynn at The World Magic Awards. Sonal has played the lead in several short films. Notably, “The First Date” was awarded best short film at Outfest and was also selected as a semi-finalist for the NBC Shortcuts Festival.
Sonal supports many organizations that are focused on improving society. Most recently, she was the keynote speaker for the Alpha Gamma Sigma Scholastic Honor Society Leadership Conference. She has hosted galas for the South Asian Network, NBC Universal’s Diwali, the North American South Asian Bar Association, and the Chicago Foundation for Women: Asian American Leadership Council Achievement Awards. She spent a summer building homes in Belize as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Sonal was also a guest speaker for SASA at Harvard University and delivered the keynote address at Loyola University’s commencement. Sonal was awarded recognition for ‘Outstanding Dedication and Support for the Community’ by Indo-American Community Services. She was selected for the NBC Diversity Showcase, is a professional bollywood dancer, and has filmed several election Public Service Announcements to reach Asian-American voters.
In addition to acting in tv, film, animation, and commercials, you can find Sonal dancing, doing standup, teaching math, volunteering, writing, and directing. Sonal would love to hang out with you in person, on Instagram/@sunshinesonal, Twitter/@sonalbshah, or Facebook/Sonal Shah