Jianzi Colón-Soto is an actor, singer, dancer, composer, linguist, and associate director based in New York City. Jianzi moved from her native Puerto Rico at age 2 to Kissimmee, FL where she grew up, before relocating to NYC to study in the CAP21 Program at Molloy College. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts.
Throughout her time at CAP21, Jianzi became acquainted with various schools of acting, including those of Stanislavsky, Meisner, Uta Hagen, and Michael Chekhov, and studied various works, including those of Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Anton Chekhov, and numerous contemporary playwrights. Her training in musical theatre extends from the world of operettas and the great American standards, through Rodgers and Hammerstein and the Golden Age, and up to the contemporary musical works of today. During her four years, she trained extensively in speech and vocal technique, becoming proficient in several dialects and in the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, and received dance training in ballet, jazz, musical theatre, hip-hop, contemporary, modern, and tap. She's also trained in various workshops post-graduation, including Werk with Broadway's Hamilton Intensive.
Since graduating, Jianzi has had the great privilege to work regularly as an actor, performing musical theatre, Shakespeare, film, voiceover, and more. She has also picked up credits as an associate director, composer, hip-hop vocalist, foley artist, dramaturg, and creative consultant. She is massively grateful for any opportunity to tell a story, no matter the medium. Jianzi is represented by SW Artists.
Jianzi is an ardent appreciator of maps and geography, linguistics (she speaks three languages), dinosaurs, superheroes, sci-fi (the zombie variety in particular), and outer space. In her free time she enjoys doing yoga, dabbling with foreign languages, reading, writing songs and poetry, playing video games, and practicing the guitar and piano (she's still learning!). Sometimes she runs. Superobjective: to use storytelling and kindness to leave the world a little better off than when she entered it. Success: TBD.