Jennifer Cheng is the founder and artistic director of DCP, executive director of
Diavolo | Architecture in Motion®, and president of the Cheng Family Foundation. A Pasadena native, she attended Westridge School and graduated from Polytechnic School. Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Pomona College, her law degree from UC Davis School of Law and her MBA from UC Irvine School of Management. She currently serves on the Board of Overseers at the Huntington Library, Gardens and Art Collections, and is a founder at USC’s Kaufman School of Dance.
Jennifer is fulfilling the vision her parents, George and Arlene Cheng, to support performing arts and education. Her parents arrived in Los Angeles in 1956 and achieved the American Dream. They were grateful for the life they created for their family in California and wanted to give back to the community. They had made impactful contributions to the Irvine Barclay Theater, the Pacific Symphony, Segerstrom Hall, Huntington Library and to many talented musicians and artists. Their goal to support the artistic and education community is continued through the Cheng Family Foundation.
Jennifer started dancing at the age of 5 with Yvonne Cusack. She then trained with Stanley Holden as one of his first students at the Music Center in Los Angeles and then later at his studio in West 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 for the School of American Ballet. As a young dancer, she performed with Rudolf Nureyev and the Australian Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet, as well as dancing on various TV shows such as the Brady Bunch and The Odd Couple.