Cindy Fernandez-Nixon is a Dominican–American
actor, producer, voice-over artist, TV/radio host, and spokesperson.
She immigrated to New Jersey with her family from the Dominican Republic
when she was thirteen.
Though she had taken dancing and acting classes in the Dominican Republic,
according to her parents and the culture she was raised in, acting was
not a real career. Fernandez-Nixon’s parents encouraged her to
work hard in school, so she could become the first member of her family
to earn a college degree. They pushed her to choose a career that would
guarantee her success in their new country.
She excelled in math and science, and chose to study engineering. Fernandez-Nixon
indulged her love of performing by being active in theater in college.
After graduating from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a
B.S. in mechanical engineering, she relocated to Pittsburgh for work.
Fernandez-Nixon enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, where she
obtained her M.S. in industrial engineering. In Pittsburgh, she became
involved in the film industry and appeared in independent feature films,
industrial videos, music videos, live events, and theatrical productions
as well as becoming a paid spokesperson for various companies and products.
According to Fernandez-Nixon, “My parents were overjoyed, and
I was very successful at my job. In 2009, there weren’t many Latino/Hispanic
actors in Pittsburgh, and Latinas weren’t being considered for
most roles. When there was a role for a Latina, I worried that I didn’t
have the “traditional Latina” look and wouldn’t fit
the part being offered.”
Fernandez-Nixon saw the need for a Pittsburgh based Latino/Hispanic
media source. In 2010, she started her own production company, La Rumba
Productions and she produces and hosts La Rumba Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh’s
first Latin Hits Music radio show on WRCT and TV segments focused on
the Latino community for the local PBS station, WQED. She also produces
commercials and industrial videos, and she has a principal role and
serves as co-producer for the independent film, Craig Quits his
In the past eight years, the city has become more diverse, and there
is a greater Latino/Hispanic population. Thanks to tax credits for non-resident
production companies, the affordability of filming in the area, and
the caliber of actors here, more movies and television programs are
being filmed in Pittsburgh. There are more roles for Latinas and Fernandez-Nixon’s
look is now an advantage because she stands out.
After getting married and starting a family, Fernandez-Nixon made the
decision to start acting full-time in addition to her first love which
is being a mom. “I was an engineer for eight years, and I enjoyed
it. I keep current on new technology, but for now I want to focus on
being a mother and a working actress. I want my kids to grow up believing
they don’t have to settle – they can follow their passion
Fernandez-Nixon has won several awards for her efforts including being
featured on the front cover of the Pittsburgh Magazine 2014 issue titled,
“40 Under 40.” She is featured in commercials for Hyundai,
Accu-chek, Mercy Hospital (Ohio), and Northwestern Savings Bank. In
addition to her work in the theater, she appeared in the television
series, Grange Radio. She has roles in the following independent films:
Regrets, Blood on the Leaves, and Craig Quits his Day Job.
Monongahela, The Edict, and Rehabilitation of the Hill
are all in post-production. She is gearing up to begin principal photography
on the web-series Living While Black and the Amazon/Roku series,
Beginnings (based on the book series by Jacqueline Druga).
For more information about Cindy Fernandez-Nixon, visit her website,