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. Wanting to stay as well rounded as possible, 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. As her love of theater began to surface once again, she landed lead roles in various productions including the play Yo Soy Latina! which toured in Pennsylvania, and in the off-Broadway musical The Marchers. Currently, she is a swing vocalist for the off-Broadway production I Like It Like That and is scheduled to shoot an upcoming feature film in May 2017.