Born and raised in East LA, Jacqueline Castañeda is an actress, singer, writer, and filmmaker who has performed in various projects with theater companies such as the Garry Marshall Theatre, Towne Street Theatre, A Noise Within, Casa 0101 Theater, Frida Kahlo Theatre and Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble.
A Towne Street Company member since 2018, she was selected to participate in a casting workshop in 2019 with ABC casting executives through Towne Street's partnership with ABC/Disney. In the past year, under the guidance of teaching artists through Center Theatre Group's community partnership programming, she also studied physical theater and writing for stage/film, where she produced her first self-directed short and penned her first ten-minute play, all in the span of a few weeks. She is currently a cohort member of EST/LA's Ignite Project writing cohort, an 8-week lab to develop original, bold, risk-taking theatre for the company.
Jacqueline also starred in the short film 'Manitas (dir. Elvia Susana Rubalcava) and the film received a Best Female-Driven Cast award at the City of Angels Women's Film Festival, along with a festival award at the Panamanian International Film Festival. Throughout 2021 and leading into this current year, Jacqueline has written, produced, and starred in a number of comedic shorts with some friends and fellow acting colleagues at Venture Works Film, premiering the videos on YouTube and Vyre Network, with notable shorts winning awards at the Phoenix Short Film Festival and the East LA Film Festival.
She is a firm believer that art is essential to promote a sense of growth, community, and activism. She is represented by Tangerine Talent. You can keep up with her latest work on Instagram, @post_moderngirl