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Amrita & Torie's Unnamed Devising Film Project

Amrita Dhaliwal and Torie Nugent-Peterson are collaborative devising artists based in Los Angeles and New Orleans, respectively.

Having met in Chicago, Illinois on the set of An Exquisite Meal, the two artists quickly formed a friendship and professional bond.

Venturing to Philadelphia, they participated in The Pig Iron School’s Something From Nothing workshop, taught by the impeccable Emmanuel Delpech. While there, they added tools to their devising toolbox and discussed how they might use these processes within the context of filmmaking, and thus Amrita and Torie’s Unnamed Devising Film Project was born.

Our submission is purposefully incomplete, instead; we have offered you a glimpse into some of our filmmaking. These two examples came as a result of devising, and though a script was one step in the process it was not the starting point. We are proposing that a film can be revealed through the act of a specific cast and crew working together with the resources available to devise a film and thus break the traditional orthodoxy of roles and the script as the blueprint.

This isn’t exactly so new or radical. An example of such filmmaking is Josephine Decker’s 2018 award-winning Madeline’s Madeline.

We believe in the medium of film and think that pairing it with the devising process can open up new possibilities when it comes to storytelling. Reverse engineering if you will, or something from nothing! Starting with a budget, cast, and crew, we can then be free to use improvisational and devising tools to create a framework within which we can all play. The result is as mysterious as the creative process.

  • Amrita Dhaliwal
  • Torie Nugent - Peterson
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature, Other
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Devising, Documentary, Experimental
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Amrita Dhaliwal, Torie Nugent - Peterson

Amrita Dhaliwal, she/her/hers, is a Jane of all trades and Queen of all of them because she can and she does. Amrita is currently the Managing Director and an instructor for the Idiot Workshop. Most recently Amrita co-authored and curated an essay series for HowlRound about clown and activism with Nathaniel Justiniano of Naked Empire Bouffon Company. She also won Best Comedy at the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival for The Living Room, which she had been touring the world with Gemma Soldati. In Los Angeles, she can be seen performing regularly on stage and on screen and is an ensemble member of The Murge, which FLAUNT described as "…a comedy that is so far past stupid that it becomes nonsensically compelling." She also co-produces, writes, and hosts the hit LA show, Indian Wedding, featured in LA Weekly as “Top 15 Things to do in LA” and Comedy Cake says “Go, go, go!” Amrita was featured as an actor in the highly competitive and selective 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase, in which she performed the first and only mime piece in the history of the showcase. Behind the scenes, in 2018 Amrita directed Rag Head, a play about the increase in hate crimes against Sikh Americans post 9/11, and was featured in StageRaw’s “Top Ten” She is currently on the board for Clowns Without Borders as well.

Amrita is a graduate of the School for Theatre Creators, a Lecoq-based physical theater program. She has trained extensively in clown with Paola Coletto, Aitor Basauri, Philippe Gaulier, and Clown School LA. Her traditional theatre training, from Black Box and Steppenwolf, focuses mostly on Meisner and viewpoints. She is also a graduate of various improv/sketch programs… including: Second City Chicago, iO Chicago, Annoyance, UCB, and Groundlings.

For more information about Amrita or her work, check out amritadhaliwal.com.


Torie Nugent - Peterson [ TNP for short ] she/her/hers is an actor, poet, singer/songwriter, community organizer, and sober human living and breathing in New Orleans, LA.

Torie is a graduate of The Florida State University's highly selective BFA Acting program where she studied under the tutelage of Michael Hayden, Jean Arbeiter, Deb Hale, Michael Richey, and Ben Naylor. She has studied devising at The Pig Iron School, attending their Something from Nothing workshop taught by Emmanuel Delpech.

She is the co-creator and producer of the sketch comedy web series, What's So Funny?.

In New Orleans Torie has put her skills as a producer and theatre maker to work as a community organizer, most specifically working in tandem with the Coalition Against Death Alley. Torie is an Anti-Racist organizer, having studied Anti-Racist Organizing principles through the Undoing Racism workshop led by Ron Chilsom, Dr. Kimberly Richards, and Dr. Al Colon of The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond.

She is indebted to her family; Ben, Mom, Dad, Jack, Kati, Lisa, Tim, Audrey, J&P and baby Piper.

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