Jasmin Cardenas is a Colombian-American award winning bilingual Storyteller, Actress, Educator and Social Activist. Jasmin enjoys exploring the uncomfortable truths found when you grow up between cultures. Her one-woman show, written and performed my Jasmin is called ¿Niña Buena? A coming of age story highlighting the joys and challenges of being Latina y Americana. It has been toured in the Midwest and to Puebla, Mexico when it was included in the Susana Alexander International Theater Festival.
Winner of the 2018 OUTSTANDING STORYTELLER ALTA Award Jasmin was recognized by the Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago. A featured teller at the Midland Storytelling Festival(Texas), Kansas City Storytelling Festival (Missouri) and the Evanston Storytelling Festival (Illinois). Jasmin's national touring reached new heights when she was an Exchange Place Teller at the 2016 National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
One of the the first two Latina's awarded the 2012 Race Bridges Storytelling Fellowship, she create two new social justice stories from her life now available on her CD My Brothers' Keeper: Stories of Social Justice and Civic Responsibility. Jasmin regularly tours her bilingual program Cuentos from the Americas which highlights lesser known folktales, myths and legends from North, Central and South America (with special attention to Colombian stories) as well as personal tales about being bi-cultural. As the Chicago Public Library Cuentos Aqui Teller
she had the privilege of working with Latino children and families as an early literacy specialist. Jasmin is a 2nd Story performer and adores that tribe.
Fusing her love of performance with the need for raising social consciousness she uses theater for social justice. Jasmin is a Theater of the Oppressed practicioner, an interactive technique created by the Brazilian theater director, writer and activist Augusto Boal. Using this very physical technique that is based in critical dialogue and action Jasmin works with youth and adults alike to find solutions to real life problems, create a space for dialogue around issues of conflict and create art that speaks to the needs of today’s world.
Jasmin is professional actress working throughout Chicagoland’s vibrant theatre community and a proud SAG-AFTRA member who’s TV Credits Include NBC’s Chicago Fire, Showtimes' The CHI & ABC's Betrayal.
Photo: Jazmin Corona Photography