Jennifer Peralta-Ajemian (JPA) is a professionally trained ballet dancer who studied extensively with legendary coach Maggie Black. Her background as a performing artist would later translate into a passion for directing talent. After graduating from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Minor in Journalism, JPA transitioned into the entertainment field.
From 2004-2010, JPA cut her teeth assisting talent agents Jerry Hogan and George Lutsch, followed by casting directors Avy Kaufman, Bernard Telsey, Cindy Tolan, and Liz Lewis. In 2011, she began a collaboration with casting director Robin Carus under the banner of J&R creative, which cast 50+ film and theatrical productions. In 2014, JPA opened a full-service casting office serving film/tv, advertising, and animation clients in New York and Los Angeles. While she casts primarily actors for narrative projects, she is also known for finding non-actors for specific character types.
JPA’s films have screened at various festivals including the Academy-accredited Atlanta Film Festival, Dallas International Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, Indy Film Fest, Long Island International Film Expo, LA Shorts Fest, Maryland Film Festival, Miami Short Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Portland Film Festival, Schnit International Shortfilmfestival, Slamdance Film Festival, SOHO International Film Festival, and Tribeca. Her commercial and digital campaign work for clients including Comcast, Jersey Mike's, Speedo, Swiffer, and Western Union, have been seen worldwide.
As part of her educational outreach, JPA conducts a variety of educational programs that provide private & group coaching to actors and business professionals, and a full breakdown of the casting process to directors and producers. JPA is a proud sponsor of the Katra Film Series for which she provides free consultations, educating series winners on how to approach and work with a casting director.
She is a Jury Member of the Socially Relevant Film Festival and the Burbank International Film Festival.
What people are saying
They don’t give out Oscars for casting, but if they decide to start, I have a feeling one of the first recipients will be Jennifer Peralta-Ajemian. For every question our film Lust Life raised, JPA had an answer ready. An 18-year-old who can pass for 12, and looks exactly like our lead actress? No problem. A gender-fluid man with a godlike physique and great dance moves? Coming right up. In addition to her skills in specialty casting, Jen went the extra mile to make sure our nudity requirements were clearly laid out and understandable to the actors, setting an important standard of openness and courtesy that they could feel in the room. She was attentive and flexible in session, incorporating notes from both directors without a hiccup. We even created ‘story time’ together – allowing us to get past the audition mask and see the true actor underneath. But the very best thing about working with Jen is her patient, upbeat attitude. She’s always ready with a smile, and when she has to stand up for an idea, she does so in a polite and respectful manner. Again, if you care about the tone and attitude of your casting department, put Jen on top of it and you’ll never have to worry. I would (and very soon might) work with Jen again. You should too.
Ben Feuer, Co-Director- Lust Life
Working with a Jen is a privilege and a joy. She brings wisdom, determination, intuition, passion, and tremendous talent to her job. Jen is an easy, clear communicator with a deep understanding of both the director and the actor's process. Having her as an ally on any film is a huge asset. I hired Jen for a fine art video project with unusual demands of talent- my lead needed to mouth the recorded dialogue of another actor, while emoting straight to camera for very long takes. Jen understood the rhythm and themes of the piece right away and suggested wonderful performers for the role. She helped me craft the right deal to draw the kind of talent I needed and walked me through every step of the casting process. Thanks to her I enjoyed casting enormously and ended up with the performer of my dreams. Do yourself and your project a big favor and hire Jen! Your film will benefit hugely from her expertise and her generous spirit.
Danielle Durchslag, Director- Eleanor of Illinois
Jennifer is an exceptionally good casting director. Her great taste and good judgement brought us the cast we needed for our feature film, Rapid Eye Movement. The whole casting process was efficient, highly organized and a lot of fun too. Jen gave as much attention to casting the smallest roles as she did to casting the leads, the mark of a truly great casting director. A class act in every respect... can't wait to work with her again!
Peter Bishai, Director- Rapid Eye Movement
Jennifer is extremely professional and works quickly. She is able to connect the best actors with roles and has great casting ideas. The feature I just directed definitely benefited from her input - more than I can say. We had some very difficult roles to cast and Jennifer came through. Highly recommend her.
Shari Berman, Director- Sugar!
There’s no way to overstate it: Jen is a dream to work with. She has an innate sense for material, digging deep into the script to truly understand what the project needs. On SISTERS, we talked through the nitty-gritty of each character’s respective psychologies and relationships with one another, and somehow she could always weave that into reality. Not only were our conversations productive on a casting level, but they also impacted how I directed the film. On top of that, she navigates through all the details to ensure the process of finding talent goes as smoothly as possible for all parties involved.
Chris Osborn, Director- True Blue, Sisters
Jennifer helped me cast both a short film and a feature and I have nothing but great things to say about her. During our actual casting sessions, she ran the room brilliantly and continually offered valuable perspective. She's also great at expanding casting possibilities beyond the obvious. Both of my projects benefitted immensely from her involvement.
Sean Gannet, Director- Last Night In Rozzie, Chasing Taste, The Poets
After showing my film, "Disgrace," around at numerous festivals, high praise has come specifically in regard to the performances. It was very important to me to find a group of actors who could portray this particularly tense family with an air of interpersonal baggage and skeletons in the closet. Jen brought the production a family that exceeded my expectations. She had the confidence and foresight to audition against type, and had a keen eye towards interesting pairings between actors. "Disgrace's" success is in huge part due to Jennifer's talents, and I cannot imagine feeling confident approaching another project without her on the team.
J. Casey Modderno, Director- Disgrace
I was an unknown actor, from a smaller, out of state market. Jennifer took a chance and cast me as the lead in a short film by J. Casey Modderno called "Disgrace". This opportunity not only helped me grow as an actor, but also to forge new connections in the industry. I can truthfully say that my career would not be where it is today, nor where it will be tomorrow, if not for Jennifer believing in me.
Devin Druid, Actor- Disgrace