Sita Sarkar was born in Bangladesh and immigrated to America with her family in 1990, where they settled in NYC. Shortly after moving to NY, Sita enrolled into a performing arts school where she was trained in classical Indian dance, including Bharatanatyam and Kathak. After discovering her love for performance through dance, Sita began acting around age 9 when she performed in an off-Broadway production of “Annie”.
Since then, she’s immersed herself into the theater world, working both on stage and behind the scenes with theaters like Harlem Repertory Theater, Theater for the New City, Jean Cocteau Repertory, Algonquin Theatre, Vineyard Theater, The Producer’s Club, The Wild Project, Big Theater Company and Everybody’s Theater Company in Canada. Sita received early theater training at the All Stars Project, home to the Castillo Theatre. At the Castillo, she’s performed in numerous productions including, “Over There/Over Here”, “Our City”, “Left of the Moon”, “Hip Hop Cabaret” and most recently played the lead in “The Donut Play”. Additionally, Sita has written two plays: “The Words Next Door” and “Bruised”, both of which were produced at the Castillo. Some of her writings have also been featured in collaboration with Poetic Theater Productions.
While nurturing her love for theater and film, Sita also fell in love with sports – basketball in particular. She’s been lucky enough to work in TV production for MSG Networks. During her time there, she’s won three NY Emmys with the New York Knicks broadcast team. She currently balances her time between working for the Madison Square Garden Company, modeling, performing in theater and film, volunteering at non-profit organizations and spending time with her family and friends. To keep up with her latest work, you can follow her on Instagram: @newyorksita.
Meet the Artist: NY Elite Magazine Interview with Sita Sarkar
NY Elite: What are your latest and current movie projects?
Sita Sarkar: I am currently in the middle of shooting a short film entitled “A Happy Divorce”, written by Chase Muratore and directed by Jamal Hodge.
NY Elite: Can you tell us about your character in the film?
Sita Sarkar: In “A Happy Divorce” I play leading lady, Jenny. A young, ambitious go getter who defies her Indian traditions by marrying outside of her race and religion. She’s a complex woman who is searching for herself throughout the film. Ultimately, Jenny sacrifices everything that she needs for everything that she wants.
NY Elite: What was it like working with the director?
Sita Sarkar: Jamal Hodge is a true visionary. Right away he saw something in me way back in the casting process that I don’t think a lot of people saw, so I knew I was in good hands from the jump. On set, he pushes me out of my comfort zone and demands the best out of me. He gives me notes as we go but trusts me to find my own truth. And throughout it all, he never ever stopped believing in me. The best part about it all is that Jamal knows what he wants and stops at nothing to bring it to fruition. I couldn’t be happier to be working with such an accomplished and seasoned director.
NY Elite: Among all your roles so far, which has been your favorite one and why?
Sita Sarkar: Playing Jenny in “A Happy Divorce” has been my favorite role to date. Our talented writer Chase Muratore created a complex character with a wide variety of emotions to play with, bringing the best out of me as an actor. It feels like the role of a lifetime and I am grateful to have been cast for it!
NY Elite: What do you enjoy most about your acting career?
Sita Sarkar: What I enjoy most is the journey. I started my career as a dancer and had no idea that a love for acting was brewing. Never would I have thought that the power of performance would get me through every aspect of life – from learning English to relearning my native tongue, to meeting people from all backgrounds who were passionate about the arts like I was, to falling in love with words and the impact it has, to telling stories that inspire me, to sharing my own personal stories on stage. It’s been an emotionally rewarding journey so far. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
NY Elite: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
Sita Sarkar: My passions are volunteerism and philanthropy. They have been and will always play a major role in my life. My other interests include, writing, dancing, drawing, kickboxing, traveling and sports!
NY Elite: Are you working on your next project now?
Sita Sarkar: I have a few exciting projects in the works, but right now all of my energy is in “A Happy Divorce”. Keep an eye out for in 2018!
NY Elite: What personal advice would you give to someone about impressing the directors during audition? How to audition?
Sita Sarkar: Take your time. Don’t try to memorize your sides right away – try to understand the scene as best you can first. What’s the emotion behind it? What is your character’s goal? How do you want to make the directors feel? From there, it’s all about being honest and in the moment.
NY Elite: What causes/charities you actively support or feel strongly about?
Sita Sarkar: A program close to my heart is Youth Onstage, a program of the non-profit organization, the All Stars Project. I studied acting there as a young person and recently joined their talented faculty a few years ago, where I volunteered as a movement teacher alongside “Who’s the Boss” star, Tony Danza. Another organization dear to me is InfluenceHers, an organization created for women of color who have a passion for giving back by volunteering with charities and non-profits here and abroad.
Additionally, I am a huge fan of the Big and Little Skills Academy, where the mission is to develop and “elevate youth through basketball”. And finally, I feel passionately about the Lower East Side Girls Club and the work they’re doing in my lower Manhattan community. They helped me and my family in the mid 90’s and since then, they’ve grown to service thousands of at risk girls and their families.
NY Elite: What are the things in your life that you’re most grateful for?
Sita Sarkar: I’m most grateful for my parents. It’s been a humbling experience pursuing something that I would not have been able to if my parents hadn’t been the brave young immigrants they were, moving to a new country where the language and culture was not their own. They are my superheroes and I know that I am extremely lucky to have their support, which has grown tremendously since earlier years when a career in acting was harder to accept. Their endless love and compassion is why I am who I am today.
NY Elite: Where can your fans find you in your social media…website..imbd?
Sita Sarkar: You can find me on IMDb as Sita Sarkar and you can follow me on Instagram (@neworksita), where I am most active.