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After several years as a human rights professional working in over 20 countries, Jaya found a new joy in performing and trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Past credits include Medea in AlphaNYC Theater Company's production of Euripides’ Medea, one of Shakespeare's witches in Macbeth, and Suleika in Abu Casem’s Slippers with the Strindberg Repertory Theatre. Most recently, she starred in Tongue in Cheek Theater's adaptation of Recent Tragic Events. Jaya holds degrees from Stanford University and Columbia University, and lives in Manhattan.