Lina is an actor and writer based in Los Angeles.
Lina's first play, Sankalpan (Desire), a loose adaptation of Three Sisters set in the volatile period of pre-Partition Bengal, was a semi-finalist for the Sundance Theatre Institute.
A Sherwood Award finalist, Lina was invited by Center Theatre Group to develop a new play in their nine-month writer’s retreat. The Ragged Claws is a BAPF Finalist and is nominated for Cherry Lane Theater’s Mentor Project.
Lina’s first production and commission, That Could Be You, was part of The DNA Trail at Silk Road Theater Project presented in association with the Goodman Theater, directed by Steve Scott. The DNA Trail was also invited to USC as part of USC’s, Visions and Voices Signature Event.
Lina is working on a new play, commissioned by Yale Repertory Theater.
Lina's work has been presented and developed at the Lark, the New Group, New Harmony Project, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Circle X Theater, CTG, East West Players. In addtion to Dog Ear, Lina is a member of Circle X Theater Writer's Group and of Jose Rivera's long-running (informal) writer's group. Jose got her writing and she's never forgiven him since.
A critically acclaimed stage and television actor, Lina has performed in Los Angeles, New York and regionally at theaters including, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Taper, and Pasadena Playhouse. She has guest starred in numerous television shows. Her most recent stage play was the title role in East West Player's critical and commerical hit, A Widow of No Importance. She is currently performing in Jim Leonard's new rock musical about Abu Ghraib, Bad Apples, at Circle X Theater.
A voice-over artist, Lina has narrated several books for Penguin and Random House including Faulkner’s, As I Lay Dying and Arturo Perez-Reverte’s, The Queen of the South. For further information about Lina’s acting credits, please visit, www.lacasting.com/linapatel.
For information regarding her plays, including production rights, please contact the playwright at patell at dogear.org