Happy Friday!! Today we are featuring senior Theater major Nayeli DeJesus! 🎭 Her passion for theater started in highschool where, after participating in her first on-stage production, she fell in love with theater and never looked back. For her senior capstone project, Nayeli recently put together a bilingual Disney cabaret show. This show, a project that is very important and personal to Nayeli, took place during Hispanic Heritage Month, emphasizing the importance of Latin representation in theater. “As someone who grew up in a large family with several non-English speaking relatives, I wanted to create something that they could watch and relate to while also creating some childhood nostalgia,” she says. Nayeli pours her heart into everything she does, and having grown up in a big family, her favorite aspect about working in theater is the collaboration and camaraderie. Professors Damon Bonetti and So-Yeon Bin are two mentors from her time at Rutgers that Nayeli says she looks up to immensely. Learning from them is special because of how personal they make the learning experience for each student. When she graduates in May 2024, she will be a first-generation college graduate, an accomplishment that Nayeli says she is very proud of. 🎓 👏 Then, she hopes to tour for a show and eventually start working in film!
You can catch Nayeli’s next performance in Camden Cabaret this December!