Hey, I'm Shaan!

Los Angeles, California

Shaan Dasani is an actor and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He made his LA stage debut in The Blank Theater’s “The Not Lesbians,” directed by Michael A. Shepperd, taking on the lead role of a transgender college student who is meeting his ex girlfriend for the first time after transition. He went on to work with TeAda Productions movement ensemble piece “Global Taxi Driver”, directed by Award winning performance artist and playwright Leilani Chan, portraying multiple characters – from a flirtatious immigrant taxi driver to a loveable in-over-his-head Uber driver hoping to make money and new friends. In the summer of 2015, Shaan was cast in the lead role of KATE in Queer Classic’s rendition of “The Taming of the Shrew,” directed by Casey Kringlen at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.  The following summer he was cast in another Fringe show as "E.Q." award winning playwright Sean Graney's absurdist dark comedy "Porno Dido," directed by Heather Tyler. 

 

Shaan soon ventured into the on camera acting world, quickly landing lead roles in commercials for Google and Wells Fargo.  Film credits include indie dramas 'MAKING A MARK' (dir:  Gaurav Bhatnagar) and 'RIVER' directed by Chapman University alum Sam Crainich.  Most recently, Shaan earned eligibility status to join the Screen Actor's Guild for his work on Criminal Minds:  Beyond Borders.  He is constantly training to hone in on his craft as a commercial, comedic & dramatic actor.   

Prior to venturing into the acting world, Shaan learned the art of storytelling from behind the camera. With an MFA from Chapman University, and as an alumni of Film Independent’s Project:Involve program, he has written & directing over 30 short films, commercials, music videos. In 2010, Shaan directed a short film for world re-known Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman's Indo-Peace concert in Australia, as the South Asian community living there was facing unprecedented attacks. Rahman's free concert was held in an effort to build bridges and unity.  The film screened live in front of 40,000 fans.

 

In 2013, Shaan was invited to join the Director's Guild of America (D.G.A.) and has been a member since.  

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

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Los Angeles Short
Comedy

Harley is clueless about modern motherhood. She daydreams away Mommy & Me absurdity while anxiety twists real life into nightmarish moments.

80%

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Search History

Los Angeles Short
Comedy

In the search of her Korean family’s history, Grace sends her grandma’s DNA to 23+Me and unravels a huge family secret...a Japanese uncle!

104%

This project got the green light!

I Friggin Love you

Los Angeles Series
Drama, Romantic Comedy

Love can make you or break you.

91%

This project got the green light!

Best Friend Fix

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Sci-Fi

A lonely introvert signs up for Best Friend Fix, a subscription service that delivers a new robot best friend monthly.

104%

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Sinked Up

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

Two women started as roommates. Then they fell in love. A story told from behind the bathroom door.

102%

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Desolation Center

Los Angeles Feature
Documentary, Music

The untold story of influential Reagan-era guerrilla punk and industrial desert happenings that still reverberate throughout our culture.

104%

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I Would Have Kissed You

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Drama

After college, Olivia and Mattie find the real world isn't all that it's cracked up to be. But maybe friendship can keep them afloat? Maybe?

100%

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The NEW FREEDOM

Denver Feature
Horror, Thriller

It's not just about survival. It's about a community.

124%

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The BLDG: Five Stories of Horror

New York Feature
Horror, Other

Five chilling stories set in the same creepy NYC building, where dark forces bring about the manifestation of its residents' worst fears.

83%

This project got the green light!

Maiden

New York Feature
Horror, Thriller

While passing through a small town, a modern-day witch must fight her way through a cult of men to find a young woman who’s disappeared.

100%

This project got the green light!

Doors

New York Feature
Horror, Mystery

Four stories of four women who each encounter supernatural events that shatter their personal perceptions of reality.

110%

This project got the green light!

Displaced

New York Feature
Horror

A young black man in Brooklyn must prove his new white neighbors are emissaries from the Satanic cult they both survived as children.

103%

This project got the green light!

One Bird at a Time

Portland Series
Comedy, Drama

When do-gooder and lovable neurotic Julie strives to save the neediest and the craziest in the world, she has to start in her own backyard.

105%

This project got the green light!

VOWS

New York Series
Comedy, Drama

Two actresses from conservative immigrant backgrounds agree to a green card marriage hoping to pursue their very American passions.

106%

This project got the green light!

Agent of Change

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

A secret agent is on a mission to save the future of food, and as a transgender man, save humanity... one gender stereotype at a time.

100%

This project got the green light!

New Recruits

Fremont Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

New Recruits is a military satire about why young men and women choose to serve in the Army and the headstrong leadership that prepares th

88%

This project got the green light!

Cohabitation

Milwaukee Feature
Drama, Thriller

While a former paramedic lives a low-key life to cope with PTSD, her new roommate has other plans, and a vendetta against medical personnel.

103%

This project got the green light!

Passive Aggressive Dads

Blue Hill Short
Comedy

Two dads try to spend a nice day at the park with their daughters and end up avenging their life's failures upon a group of obnoxious teens.

137%

This project got the green light!

Shield

New York Short
Drama, Family

Zoe overcomes her unusual attachment to a blanket with her foster mom's creative use of comic books.

104%

This project got the green light!

Woke

New York Series
Comedy, Drama

A racially mixed , outspoken actress in New York City constantly being told ‘no’ and offering herself a 'yes'

101%

This project got the green light!

Park Slope Moms

New York Series
Comedy

A high-powered attorney turned 'stay-at-home' mom regains power as PTA President, but ruling with an iron fist sparks a coup.

111%

This project got the green light!

Ring is now STALLED

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Romantic Comedy

Two strangers on dates from hell bond in the women's bathroom over their issues with love.

124%

This project got the green light!

Rich Kids

Houston Feature
Drama

A group of Latino teens in a poor community break into Los Ricos, a local mansion, to forget their difficult lives and live a different one.

101%

This project got the green light!

Pay to Stay

New York Short
Horror, LGBTQ

A couple take a mini-vacation to repair their relationship, unaware the AirBNB they rented may lead to their untimely end.

82%

This project got the green light!

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