Nina Jayashankar

Operations Coordinator

Nina Jayashankar is a singer, actor, and dancer who was born and raised in San Jose, CA. She fell in love with music at a young age, beginning first with Carnatic (Indian classical) singing and then discovering stage performance soon after. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre and Mathematics at Northwestern University, and she has been performing in Chicago ever since. Nina has acted with theater companies such as The Goodman Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, and Music Theatre Works.

Some of her favorite credits include: Lions and Tigers (TimeLine Theatre), Sohni Mahiwal (The Blank Theatre), and Mr. Burns (Theater Wit). She is proud to be represented by Gray Talent Group. You can find out more about Nina on her website: She is so thrilled to be joining the SA team and working in social justice with Essie Justice Group!

Artist Statement

"As an Indian American artist, I am committed to uplifting BIPOC voices. I do so by representing South Asian communities through my presence on stage, as well as advocating for equity and the dismantling of systems of power in the spaces I occupy. I believe that art should represent the variety of people that occupy the world rather than solely the powerful few. My goal is to see a theatre industry that is inclusive in every stage of the process."