As an actress and musician, Besanya Santiago is best known for her passion and versatility. She studied Musical Theater and Opera at Florida State College at Jacksonville. After receiving her Associate in Arts, she continued on to study Jazz Voice at the University of North Florida where she earned her Bachelor's of Music in Voice Performance, while simultaneously pursuing film. During her studies, she worked with many legendary jazz artists including Carmen Bradford, Danilo Perez, Kevin Mahogany, John Pizzarelli and Maria Schneider.
Upon graduation, she immediately moved to New York City to further her acting career. She booked roles for various shows on Investigation Discovery including Dates From Hell and My Dirty Little Secret as well as a featured role on The Blacklist. Besanya has always had a strong love for comedy and was consistently told by various casting directors that she was a natural. She began taking various workshops at The P.I.T. and later received a scholarship to study under Anthony Atamanuik at The Upright Citizens Brigade. She landed a supporting role in the comedic web series, Niles Never and The Black Holes. After spending some time in the comedy world, she later accepted the lead role of a boxer named Chupa in the dramatic film Solo Soy Un Super, Mano. The film was screened at the Rincon International Film Festival in Puerto Rico and won the Director's Choice Award. It continued on to be screened at Cannes Film Festival and many other festivals. Deciding to return to theatre, she landed lead roles in various productions including the play Yo Soy Latina! which toured in Pennsylvania, and in the off-Broadway musical I Like It Like That starring legendary salsa singer Domingo Quiñones. Her most recent work includes playing one of the principal roles in the upcoming Emmy Award-Winning series We Are New York for NYC-TV and plays the lead role in Gold From The Sky, a web series scheduled for release later this year. She has also been cast in an upcoming documentary about Aaron Hernandez where she will play his sister, which is scheduled to begin shooting in August 2017.