Born and raised in Bombay, Leah Khambata always knew she wanted to be in the film industry ever since she was six years old. Driven by an immense passion for storytelling, she then graduated from Wesleyan University in 2014 with a double major in Film Studies and Psychology. During her time there, she worked as a Director, Actor, Editor, and Production Designer on several short films, made her own (award winning) thesis film, "A Future to Hold," and also gained some agency experience at WME over a summer. Upon graduation, she worked in different facets of production in NYC, then worked in Media Planning for a year after which she pursued her MBA at Cornell University, while simultaneously producing and acting in theatre and film projects in NYC. In 2017, alongside her degree, she worked for a summer in Drama Development at CBS TV Network in LA, associate produced the TV Pilot of "Surina & Mel" directed by Abi Varghese and starring Melanie Chandra, acted in two short films and also starred in the Off Off Broadway play. During a semester abroad in London in 2018, she trained at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and was the lead in the play, "23 Hours to Live" at The Pleasance Theatre while simultaneously studying at LSE and also working in film acquisitions at ShortsTV.
After graduating this past May with her MBA from Cornell, she made a short film called "(t)here" which she wrote, produced and acted in, and then also starred in two TV pilots ("Here We Go", "For the Love of Desi") and the short film, "Skip School". She then moved to LA, where she is continuing to work for ShortsTV, acquiring short films for their new South Asian channel, is in post-production for "(t)here," and is in pre-production for two short films she is producing and will be starring in.
Leah is also a singer/songwriter and has given multiple shows at "The Blue Frog," a premiere concert venue in Mumbai, and has sung at several places in NYC and LA as well.