Mikhaila "Khai" Dattoli was born and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where she started her career on the stage at age five performing an impressive tap dance routine to the song "Rubber Ducky." Her love of performance has stuck ever since.
By the time she graduated high school she had toured across the country with show and concert choirs and had landed roles such as Helena in “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Norma in Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” and The Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wiz.”
In 2003 Khai moved to Los Angeles to attend USC where she earned degrees in Theater and German. During her time at USC she appeared in several plays, most notably in the role of Mrs. Norris in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park (another villainous sort). She also appeared in numerous student films playing varied roles as a Jersey Landlady, a German soldier, and android – and during her senior year, she landed her first feature film role in David Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE.
After graduation from USC Khai wrote and performed a successful one-woman show "Twenty Minutes Left," appeared at the Hermosa Playhouse in the “Monster Monologues,” and in the most terrifying experience of her theater career thus far, spent time abroad performing avant-garde improv in German at the Angelbrot Theater in Berlin.
Upon her return to the States, she teamed up with fellow performer and friend Jen Haley to put on productions of Khai's original comedic plays, "Beyond All Understanding" (May 2010), "Off White" (September 2010), and "Missing Grace" (April 2011). From the success of their shows, Mikhaila and Jen have formed a theater troupe in North Hollywood, California called Falling Apples. Noted for the turnout of both theater-goers and non-theater goers, the troupe strives to make theater accessible and enjoyable for all types of people, no matter their backgrounds or what is in their wallets.
Also during this time, Khai took up stand-up comedy and performed in various venues from Santa Monica to Hollywood, co-wrote a television pilot with her brother Jay Aaseng, and married music producer and sound engineer, Brandon Dattoli.
Currently, Khai is in production with Falling Apples for the premiere of her fourth original comedy, "Off Book," opening this July in Los Angeles. This summer also brings the New York premiere of her play "Off White" by the Theater 68 company. She hopes the future will bring more "Off" plays as well.