Jenna M. Delgado has been a community-based artist and activist since 1991, when she joined a Los Angeles–based HIV education theater ensemble as an actor and peer educator. She later served as a social services trainer educating medical caregivers about sociocultural issues relevant to the HIV crisis, and worked as a dialogue facilitator in educational, conflict, and activist settings. In her current work she collaborates with nonprofit organizations and grassroots collectives on community art projects emphasizing lived experience and social justice. Her research in community practice critically analyzes negotiations of subjectivity, process pedagogies, and aesthetic hierarchies while theorizing relationships between institutional power, disciplinary authority, and notions of efficacy.
Delgado received her Ph.D. from the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA, where she also worked with the Art & Global Health Center on project development and curriculum design for art-based health interventions.
- Ph.D. Culture and Performance, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015
- M.A. Culture and Performance, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010
- B.A. Communication, California State University, Los Angeles, 2008