Jen is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, creative director and choreographer. She grew up dancing competitively in jazz, ballet, tap, hiphop, and musical theatre, receiving scholarships and touring with an esteemed local company. She attended university on her Native Acjachemem homelands at CSU Fullerton, pursuing a musical theatre degree.
This led into four productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where Jen played OSF’s first two-spirit character in the world’s first LGBT+ production of Oklahoma! Jen produced, choreographed, and directed the piece Artists Activate with poet TaiReicka L.A., a fusion of activism and theatre calling audiences and artists alike to bring light to the load of necessary work towards decolonizing theatrical spaces.
To further uplift Native people and their stories across all mediums, as well as the community efforts to Protect Puvungna, sacred Acjachemen/Tongva land currently being desecrated by CSULB Jen is now part of a developing nationwide Native theater collaboration.
Jen is currently consulting on and movement directing several up and coming Native works, including Molly Spotted Elk, A Penobscot in Paris with Penobscot Theatre in Maine.