Dipti Mehta is an Indian American playwright, performer, & scientist.
Best known for her portrayal of Reina in Life! Camera Action, Dipti discovered the power of theater at the young age of 6 in Mumbai, India, when she was first cast in a school play. When she was 13, an All India Radio (AIR) programming officer spotted Dipti at an elocution competition & offered her an opportunity to write & broadcast her ideas. It was here that she found a platform to express her developing feminist ideas, eventually becoming a radio jockey, as well as a voice-over artist & a live host for major events delivering programs in both Hindi & English.
Dipti believes in theater as a powerful means for social transformation. Central to her artistic practice is the need to give voice to those who have none.
It is in this light that she created HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan - to give voice & a face to brothel dwellers, bridging their humanity with that of her audiences. HONOUR has given Dipti a powerful platform to advocate for women's rights & speak on wide-ranging issues pertaining to inequity & gender. Dipti was also commissioned to write the third chapter in the comic book series Priya's Shakti. The comic focuses on the issues of human rights & sex trafficking & raises awareness about the stigma that trafficking victims face.
Dipti has a Doctorate in Molecular & Cellular Biology & worked as a research scientist in the field of prostate cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for 10 years. She is also the founder & owner of a boutique skincare company called Dees Apothecary.