Jennifer Ledesma (she/her/hers) is a Mexican American performer currently based in Chicago. She grew up in Orange County, California where she began her performing arts training as a kid with dance, voice, acting, and guitar lessons. Jennifer decided to pursue her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre at Columbia College Chicago and fell in love with the city's vibrant, supportive, and inclusive theatre community. She is very thankful for the artistic home that Chicago has provided for her.
Favorite credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Music Theatre Works), Bright Star (Boho Theatre), Grand Hotel (Kokandy Productions), BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret (Pride Films and Plays), If/Then (Brown Paper Box Co.), Simply Maria or the American Dream (Haven Chicago), and Little Miss Sunshine (Chicago Theatre Workshop), along with understudying at Theatre at the Center, Raven Theatre, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, and Refuge Theatre Project. She has also been featured in New Faces Sing Broadway 1956 at Porchlight Music Theatre, and is proudly represented by Big Mouth Talent.
Offstage, Jennifer is passionate about accessibility, representation, and equality in the arts community. She is a team member of The Joy Jackson Initiative, an organization that works towards systematic equity in the arts by providing anti-racism resources to theaters. Recently, she also became a Board Member at Chicago Arts Access, which makes the arts more accessible to the Chicago community. From volunteering for these organizations to singing in benefit concerts for other nonprofits like Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Urban Gateways, and My Block My Hood My City, she hopes to use her artistry to share marginalized stories onstage and give back to her community.
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