Satya Jnani Chavez is an actress, singer, musician, voice and acting coach and, intersectional feminist, based in Chicago. Her regional credits include Life On Paper (Jackalope Theatre Company), American Mariachi (Arizona Theatre Company), Evocation to Visible Appearance, A Christmas Carol, You Across From Me, Soul of the World, and All This Togetherness (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Othello (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), The Happiest Song Plays Last (Curious Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (The Arvada Center), Black Elk Speaks, and Arabian Nights (The Aurora Fox). Additional credits: Chavez is the recipient of the 2014 Kennedy Center National Irene Ryan Award for Acting, and has since spent time acting and collaborating with the Kennedy Center as a part of their New Playwrights Workshops. She also, appeared on ABC’s first season of American Idol, received her B.F.A. in Acting from The University of Colorado, and completed the 17/18 acting apprenticeship at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
During her time at the University of Colorado, Chavez created the a cappella group On That Note, an inclusive co-ed a cappella group tailored for students pursuing their careers in the arts. Since then, she’s worked in collaboration, as actor, musical director, and diversity and inclusion consultant, with The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, and Safe 2 Tell to further their mission of preventing violence in schools through theater, education and engagement. In working with these organizations, she appeared in The Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio/Baptista), Twelth Night (Viola/Feste), and Much Ado About Nothing (Hero/Don Jon/Friar Francis).
Chavez began her career as a private voice and music instructor in 2010. Her mission is to empower artists of all ages and experience levels through developing their craft and embracing their individuality. Influenced by years of experience as an actor, musician, voice instructor and teaching artist, with various companies including Parlando: School of Musical Arts and The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, in her teaching, Chavez not only focuses on technique but also, empowering artists to embrace their voice, their individuality, and discover the stories they were meant to tell.
Satya is proudly represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.