Jennifer Ligaya is a performance composer born and raised in Chicago. A thinker, a healer, and a lifelong performer, Ligaya has an interdisciplinary background including visual art (Gallery 37), vocal performance (Hard Rock Cafe), spoken word (Lit X), dance (Field Museum with Tamboula Ethnic Dance Company), and theater (Pinting Theater Company). Aside from her community work as an occupational therapist and teaching artist with Urban Gateways, she continues to write and perform original music and performance installations. Her most recent work aims to weave mediums and utilize contemporary performance practices to examine and explore the intersections of race, gender, decolonization, indigeneity, activism, and healing. Ligaya is completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia College.
“I come from a long line of educators,” Jennifer said. “I have seen the impact that the right instructor can have on the trajectory of a person’s life. As a Teaching Artist, along with my work as an Occupational Therapist, I have began to see how important it will be for me to pass my knowledge on to the next generation. I want my students to learn the fundamental content of each skill that I teach. Beyond that, I hope to foster critical thinking, facilitate the acquisition of life-long learning skills, prepare students to function effectively in an information economy, and develop problem-solving strategies. I feel that my role in orienting students to a discipline, to what it means to be an expert in your field, is to be an advocate for passion and the desire to make a difference. My responsibility is to be a resource to my students by bringing real world experience to my students’ education and incorporating information from various sources.”