Born and raised in Southern California, Kalinda discovered a love of performing when she was first shown "The Wizard Of Oz" (her mother would catch her in the backyard reenacting scenes as every character) and when she first listened to the music of Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" ballet (but quickly learned she wasn't meant to be a ballerina after twirling, falling, and hitting her head on the side of the living room coffee table - a scar she proudly holds to this day).
She attended El Modena High School and was enrolled in their prestigious theater department (past alumni includes Mikey Day from "SNL", Milo Ventimiglia from "Gilmore Girls" and "This is Us", etc.) under the tutelage of Maryina Herde. Thanks to the guidance and encouragement from her high school drama teacher, Kalinda decided to pursue any kind of performance art she could get her hands on upon graduating high school.
Upon graduating from Fullerton College, Kalinda participated in over 150 theatrical productions on Southern California's respected stages. World premiere credits include "Goodbye, Marilyn" at the Working Stage Theater (Marilyn Monroe), Jon Jory's "Candide" at Sacred Fools Theater (Cunegonde/Woman #1), "The Hobbit" (Storyteller/Galadriel), "The Don Juan Project" (Elvira), "Variete Risque" at SCR (Lili White), and the productions of "Hamlet Has No Legs" and "Frankenstein No Legs" as a lead puppeteer with the infamous All Puppet Players troupe, of which Kalinda is a founding member.
In addition to originating and playing characters for Universal Studios Hollywood's "Grinchmas", her regional theatrical premiere credits include "Reefer Madness" (Mary Lane), "The Producers" (Ulla), "Return To The Forbidden Planet (Miranda), "Treasure Island" (Anne Bonney), and the west coast regional premiere of "Avenue Q" (Kate Monster). Kalinda also played the role of Sally Bowles for the multi-award winning Los Angeles run of "Cabaret" at the MET Theater, directed by Judy Norton Taylor, and was a featured performer and singer at Segerstrom Hall with the legendary Bernadette Peters and Men Alive for their production of "New York City Rhythm".
In 2012, Kalinda decided to throw her love of impersonations, fairytales, playing multiple characters, puppetry, working with children, and event-planning into a new adventure called "Wishing Well Entertainment and Parties". To date, the company is the highest-rated company of its kind in Southern California and has planned over 3500 events. Featuring the largest collection of characters to choose from for parties, media events, business functions, and other occasions - Wishing Well Entertainment is now privately sought after by the entertainment industry, A-list celebrities, high-end events, and families planning their next soiree.
After taking a break to build her entertainment company and tending to family, Kalinda started pursuing acting for the screen. Not long after, she found a beloved mentor in famous American character actor and screenwriter Cliff Osmond, a fixture of Billy Wilder's films and of the Broadway stage. She was cast as lead Diane Tate in "BXX: Haunted", a new interactive multimedia project by Daniel Knauf (creator of HBO's "Carnivale", writer for "Dracula" and "Blacklist" for NBC) and in several short films, trailers, and webseries projects (including the role of Luna Lovegood for the "Battle Of Hogwarts" film series).
In 2015, Kalinda was ecstatic to have her lifelong dream of dancing ballet come true, and was honored to portray Marilyn Monroe in "The One", an Elton John tribute with Men Alive at the Hollywood Bowl (opening for ABBA In Concert). In 2016, she was also chosen as the commercial spokesperson for the Tax Defense Group, the princess for "GigSalad: Parade" (national commercial), and for the role of The Queen in "Beyond Wonderland 2016" with Insomniac Events, producer of the world's largest dance concerts (reprising the role in 2017).
In 2018, she will have several projects debuting onstage and onscreen, including "The Clapper" (with Ed Helms and Tracy Morgan), "The Star Wars Musical" (composed by George Shaw), Magus Elgar (a new sci-fi podcast series), the world stage premiere of "Big Shot", directed by Stan Zimmerman (writer for The Golden Girls, Roseanne, Gilmore Girls, etc.) and "Evita", playing the role of Eva Peron under the direction of Martie Ramm (from the original 1979 Broadway cast).
Kalinda currently resides in Los Angeles with her cat, Scarlett O'Hairball, and is working on a book project, to be completed by the end of 2018. She is currently represented by Firestarter Entertainment.
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