Jenny Lidice Saldaña is a Dominican actor/writer/producer/inspirational speaker who grew up in New York City and Miami, Florida. She has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and was a member of the Friday Night Improv Comedy troupe there. Her theatrical credits include: Dreamgirls, Fool for Love, Yo Soy Latina, Jose Can Speak, Please Hold, Working, Dancing in the Mirror, and PINK: The Chronicles of BC Jenny. She was a member of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre’s playwriting unit where she completed her first play, Dancing in the Mirror, which was showcased in October of 2001 at the PSNBC Public Space studios in New York City, and directed by screenwriter Maria Escobedo. Dancing in the Mirror won one of five spots in the 2003 National Hispanic Playwrights Festival in Fort Worth, Texas. Jenny was featured in the original HBO Latino HABLA campaign and was one of only two actors asked to participate again when the series returned to New York for HABLA YA!
In January of 2006, Jenny heard the most devastating words anyone could ever hear: “You have cancer.” Jenny’s second play, PINK: The Chronicles of BC Jenny is a funny yet touching and very real account of her personal breast cancer journey. PINK was the 3rd place winner in the 2008 Repertorio Español Met Life Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition.
Cancer-free and loving it, Jenny is often asked to share her inspiring story of a young Latina with breast cancer with schools and groups, such as Microsoft, H&M, American Cancer Society and Footlocker. She is a 2008 New York Post Liberty Leadership Medal nominee and a 2008 Cervantes Society Honoree for all of her hard work with breast cancer. Her production company, HOORAY FOR BOOBIES!® produces several fundraising events to benefit the American Cancer Society including “Relay for Laughs” which has featured some of the top comics in the country including: Colin Quinn, Keith Robinson, Jim Norton, Esther Ku and Darnell Rawlings. PINK: The Chronicles of BC Jenny was featured in the first ever Ultimate Latina Theatre Festival and is currently touring colleges.
Jenny is currently working on a memoir, titled Funny Girls, How I Coped with Breast Cancer, One Joke at a Time.