Performer. Writer. Educator.
Jennifer CendaÃ±a Armas is a performer, writer, and community worker from NYC. Her most recent show, Twists & A Bridge, looks at the effects immigration has on familial and romantic partnerships; it premiered at NYC Summerstage and later at NY Urban Arts Festival, with an early incarnation presented at Berkeleyâ€™s La PeÃ±a Cultural Center. She was a featured artist at The Smithsonian Institute's Crosslines exhibit where she premiered visual and performance work exploring identity and the African-Asian-Hispanic bloodlines of the Philippines. She was also a feature poet at Brooklyn Academy of Music's show Past Is Present. Her first show, Skinimin, was a featured one act at NYCâ€™s Hip-Hop Theater Festival at the Public Theater. Her poetry and singing have been featured internationally, from the Peruvian North American Cultural Institute in Cusco and London's Ronnie Scott's Upstairs to Lincoln Center's La Casita, Urban Griots at Joeâ€™s Pub. She served as movement choreographer for the show blak directed by reg e. gaines. She has been blessed to be mentored by legends like reg e. gaines, Jessica Hagedorn, Rha Goddess, and Willie Perdomo. She was part of New York Foundation of the Arts first class of Artist as Entrepreneur program, as well as We Got Issues!, a touring production and activist circle focusing on womenâ€™s empowerment. Jennifer is a teaching artist and has facilitated workshops globally, including Rikerâ€™s Island, Stanford University, Esperanza Center for Peace & Justice, and throughout the UK. She graduated from NYUâ€™s Tisch School of the Arts in Theatre. Theatre training has included work with Ken Schatz, Damian Popchristov, Jeffrey Horne, and SITI Theater Co. Dance training has included work with Urban Bush Women; Ron Brown and Arcell Cabuag from Evidence, A Dance Company; Savion Glover; Jason Samuels Smith; Aaron Tolson. She currently co-directs Brooklyn Academy of Musicâ€™s Art & Justice Program where a company of high school students develop work around social justice issues over a semester.