Jennifer Cheng is the Executive Producer of Diavolo | Architecture in Motion – an extreme movement company. She has a deeply collaborative partnership with Diavolo’s Artistic Director Jacques Heim. Together they produce visually stunning, daring and intensely physical movement work. She has produced Diavolo’s most recent work, L.O.S.T., which includes the complex and dangerous “Train.” This set along with other bespoke and outsized sets of Diavolo have been seen by millions of people around the world through national and international touring and television including America’s Got Talent, Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde (France), Die Helene Fischer Show (Germany), Ovation Channel’s The Art Of:, and Red Bull Channel’s Diplo Presents. Diavolo has just finished its current touring season with triumphant performances to full houses and standing ovations at the Kennedy Center in February 2018.
Jennifer is the president of the Cheng Family Foundation. Under her leadership over the last ten years, the Foundation has made major grants to programs at USC Kaufman School of Dance, Huntington Library, Gardens and Art Collections, Loma Linda University School Of Medicine’s Children’s Vision Screening Program, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Diavolo. These grants have had immediate and enduring impact on the members of these organizations and the communities they serve. Other donations have provided support in the performing arts, such as Pacific Symphony, the Irvine Barclay Theater, UC Irvine Dance Department’s presentation of Eugene Loring’s “Billy the Kid,” Dance USA, Chamber Music Northwest and California Presenters.
Jennifer trained in ballet with Stanley Holden as one of his first students at the Music Center in Los Angeles. She received her Advanced Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dancing at age 15. She was a recipient of the Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet. As a young dancer, she performed extensively in ballet performances and television including Australian Ballet’s Don Quixote with Rudolf Nureyev, the San Francisco Ballet, the Brady Bunch and the Odd Couple. She continues to be engaged in the wold of ballet. Jennifer is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dance Conservatory of Pasadena.
Jennifer received her BA in art history from Pomona College, her JD from UC Davis School of Law and her MBA from UC Irvine School of Business. She has been an attorney for 30 years. She is very active in the Los Angeles and Orange County arts communities, and currently serves on the Board of Overseers of the Huntington Library, Gardens and Art Collections.