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Jennifer Cendaña Armas    

Performing Artist, Writer, Educator & Community Worker

Jennifer Cendaña Armas is an actor, writer, singer, dancer, educator, and community worker telling stories of diaspora through art and social justice work. This commitment is rooted in growing up first generation in Queens barrios and representing the African-Asian-Hispanic lineages of Filipino culture. She is a 2022 Harlem Stage Emerging Artist and 2021 NYC Artist Corps grant awardee for Story Of A Romance (working title).

Her show, "skinimin12," featured at Hip-Hop Theater Festival (Public Theater), Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, and was later adapted into a film (BRICArts). "Twists & A Bridge" premiered at NYC Summerstage, with workshopping at Berkeley’s La Peña Cultural Center. Armas's theatre, poetry, and music features include: reg e. and Calvin Gaines’s "The 88, We Got Issues!," Smithsonian Institute's "Crosslines," LAByrinth’s "Night of New Works," BAM's "Word.Sound.Power," Lincoln Center's "La Casita," Joe’s Pub’s "Urban Griots," Peruvian North American Culutral Institute, London's Ronnie Scott's Upstairs, and Forever Blackout Arts Collective family.

Her education and facilitation includes Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jahajee Sisters, Young Arts, Esperanza Center for Peace & Justice, and Rikers Island. She's worked with formerly incarcerated women in Ireland, mothers affected by Pinochet regime in Chíle, women and children affected by domestic violence in Perú, and youth theatre development in Ghana and Belize.

Speech Topics

How Do Creative Practice & Social Justice Work Together In Our Art; Integrating Youth Creativity & Social Justice Work.

These talks can focus specifically on generating youth art and its importance in social justice work and/or broadened to the creative process for BIPOC. What is the creative journey? How do we maintain ourselves in the process? And what, if anything, do we owe ourselves and our community in creating art with social justice themes?

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