Jennifer Gonsalves was born in Palo Alto and has since lived in San Francisco, Berlin, Heidelberg and London. She started sewing at the age of 13, and worked throughout the 1980’s for F.M. Productions in San Francisco as a seamstress for the music industry. She then studied German and Secondary Education at SFSU and taught German at George Washington High School in San Francisco before moving to London to start a family. After raising two sons and moving back to the Bay Area, she obtained three Fashion Design Certificates at Cañada College in Redwood City. Soon thereafter, she began a career in Costume Design. To date, she has designed and produced over 40 Productions, comprising over 700 costumes. She works regularly with the Palo Alto Children's Theatre and the Joe Goode Performance Group in San Francisco, and freelances with various Theater and Dance Companies.