Daphne RubinVega is a PanamanianAmerican dancer, singersongwriter, and actress. She is best known for originating the roles of Mimi Marquez in the Broadway musical Rent and Lucy in the OffBroadway play Jack Goes Boating.
RubinVega was born in Panama City, Panama, the daughter of Daphine Corina, a nurse, and Jos Mercedes Vega, a carpenter. Her stepfather, Leonard Rubin, was a writer. Daphine moved from Panama to the United States with her children when Daphne was only two years old. She died when Daphne was ten. RubinVega studied theater at the New Labyrinth Theater Company as well as with William Esper. She also performed with the comedy group El Barrio USA.