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Jen Bender

 
Date Of Birth:
March 10 (2022)
Bio:
Jen Bender is a director working in theater, television, and live events. Her Broadway credits include The Lion King (Resident Director), Avenue Q, The Wedding Singer, and Steel Magnolias (Assistant Director). She spent the past year touring Australia as the Assistant Artistic Director of Cirque ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: March 10

Bio:
Jen Bender is a director working in theater, television, and live events. Her Broadway credits include The Lion King (Resident Director), Avenue Q, The Wedding Singer, and Steel Magnolias (Assistant Director). She spent the past year touring Australia as the Assistant Artistic Director of Cirque ... (read complete bio)

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[Off-Broadway, 2006]
Assistant Director
 
[Broadway, 2006]
Assistant Director
 
[Broadway, 2005]
Assistant Director
 
[Broadway, 2003]
Assistant Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2003]
Assistant Director
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Music Assistant
 
[Broadway, 1997] [Replacement]
Resident Director[Replacement]
Resident Director[Replacement]

Jen Bender Biography

Jen Bender is a director working in theater, television, and live events. Her Broadway credits include The Lion King (Resident Director), Avenue Q, The Wedding Singer, and Steel Magnolias (Assistant Director). She spent the past year touring Australia as the Assistant Artistic Director of Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo, and is currently the Associate Director on the new musical Honeymoon in Vegas, by Jason Robert Brown and Andrew Bergman.

She directed the world-premiere of Do You Hear the People Sing: The Dream Concert, a night of music by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg featuring Lea Salonga, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Terrence Mann, and Stephanie J. Block. The concert is currently being performed throughout North America.

Jen directed the 1st National Tour of Wonderful Town, with choreography by Kathleen Marshall. Regional credits include Godspell at the St. Louis Muny and Avenue Q at the Wynn Las Vegas. She is a co-founder of the New York Musical Theater Festival, where she directed Trails and Like You Like It, as well as numerous concerts and readings at Birdland, Hammerstein Ballroom, Ars Nova, Hudson Theatre, and Joe’s Pub. She served as John Kander’s assistant on The Visit at the Goodman Theatre, which led to work as a music copyist on Carousel at Carnegie Hall, starring Hugh Jackman and Audra McDonald, music assistant on Broadway’s Sweet Smell of Success, Sinatra at Radio City Music Hall, and No Strings at City Center Encores.

For more information, visit www.jenbenderonline.com

Jen is the Artistic Director of Broadway in South Africa, a non-profit organization that aims to develop a cross-cultural exchange between youth in need and artists who seek to use their change for good. The organization believes that all children deserve the opportunity to explore their own creative potential and build skills necessary to develop productive lives. She is also a co-founder of New Voices Collective, a concert series of art songs by contemporary American composers, and the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF).

Originally from Marion, Ohio, Jen is a graduate of the theater program at Northwestern University and a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).




Jen Bender News

TRU Announces Community Gathering Via Zoom - A TALE OF TWO THEATERS: Papermill Playho Photo TRU Announces Community Gathering Via Zoom - A TALE OF TWO THEATERS: Papermill Playhouse And The Village Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 16, 2022

A dependable haven for artists in isolation, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is now into its second year of non-stop weekly Community Gatherings this Friday, having offered to date over 100 conversations and unlimited camaraderie since April 17, 2020.

TRU To Host Community Gatherings Via Zoom - Adding Virtual To The Commercial Developm Photo TRU To Host Community Gatherings Via Zoom - Adding Virtual To The Commercial Development Toolbox
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 9, 2022

A dependable haven for artists in isolation, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is now into its second year of non-stop weekly Community Gatherings this Friday, having offered to date over 100 conversations and unlimited camaraderie since April 17, 2020.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Theatres Aim to Hold True to Their Values, Some Audiences Ar Photo Industry Pro Newsletter: Theatres Aim to Hold True to Their Values, Some Audiences Are Being Left Behind
by Alex Freeman - Oct 11, 2022

As theatres work to return to the new normal, we continue to find new ways in which the industry needs to find improvements on the way that they treat those that are creating the art - we have arrived at the “rubber meets the road” moment for every theatre that issued statements about their ideals in the past few years.

Paper Mill Playhouse Names Jen Bender New Associate Artistic Director Photo Paper Mill Playhouse Names Jen Bender New Associate Artistic Director
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 4, 2022

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced that Jen Bender (Broadway’s The Lion King, The Wedding Singer, Avenue Q) will join PMP as Associate Artistic Director, following longtime Associate Artistic Director Patrick Parker, who stepped down on September 30, 2022 after 27 years at the post.

Karen Olivo & More to Star in Industry Readings of New Musical WE WON'T SLEEP Photo Karen Olivo & More to Star in Industry Readings of New Musical WE WON'T SLEEP
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 14, 2021

We Won’t Sleep, a new pop musical based on the true story of Jeannette Rankin, America’s first congresswoman, will hold industry readings by invitation only in New York City on Thursday, December 16 and Friday, December 17.

Alysha Umphress, Capathia Jenkins & More Will Take Part in Readings for New Musical,  Photo Alysha Umphress, Capathia Jenkins & More Will Take Part in Readings for New Musical, THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER
by Stephi Wild - Jul 22, 2021

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker is the story of a turn of the 20th century immigrant girl and how she became the Last of The Red Hot Mamas. The show chronicles her early years as a singing waitress at her family's restaurant in Hartford, and spotlights how a first-generation full-figured Jewish girl partnered with Black performers Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Molly Elkins to revolutionize American entertainment, onstage and off.

Signature Theatre Sets 2021/22 Season Featuring Pre-Broadway KPOP, THE BROADWAY MUSIC Photo Signature Theatre Sets 2021/22 Season Featuring Pre-Broadway KPOP, THE BROADWAY MUSICAL & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 13, 2021

The 2021/2022 Signature Theatre season kicks off early November 2021 with a reimagined new production of Jonathan Larson’s musical RENT and continues with the DC premiere of Daphne’s Dive by Quiara Alegría Hudes; a new production of She Loves Me by Joe Masteroff, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick and more.

Brandon Victor Dixon & Heidi Blickenstaff Join COMPOSERS IN CONVERSATION with John Ka Photo Brandon Victor Dixon & Heidi Blickenstaff Join COMPOSERS IN CONVERSATION with John Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 9, 2021

Vineyard Theatre’s 2021 Gala Series will culminate in an intimate conversation between legendary musical theatre composers John Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Brandon Victor Dixon and Heidi Blickenstaff will join previously announced artists  including Mandy Gonzalez, Bryonha Marie Parham, and George Salazar.

John Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda to Join Vineyard Theatre's COMPOSERS IN CONVERSATI Photo John Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda to Join Vineyard Theatre's COMPOSERS IN CONVERSATION Series
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 15, 2021

Vineyard Theatre’s 2021 Gala Series will culminate in an intimate conversation between legendary musical theatre composers John Kander and  Lin-Manuel Miranda. The “Pay-What-You-Can” virtual event will debut on Thursday, July 22 at 7pm ET, with on-demand access available through Sunday, July 25 at 11:59pm ET.

Broadway Women's Fund Releases Inaugural List of Women to Watch on Broadway Photo Broadway Women's Fund Releases Inaugural List of Women to Watch on Broadway
by Stephi Wild - Mar 11, 2020

To spotlight emerging leaders in professional theater, the Broadway Women's Fund has released its inaugural list of Women to Watch on Broadway.

Jen Bender Videos

TV: Watch The Cast of AVENUE Q Debate As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
by Stage Tube - Sep 27, 2016

The CLINTON and TRUMP puppets made their debut in a Town Hall-style debate - which was a preview to the actual first scheduled debate between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump, yesterday. BroadwayWorld was on had to exclusively live stream the event on Facebook!

STAGE TUBE: Jason Gotay, Andrea Ross & More Sing Jeff Thomson at 54 Below
by Stage Tube - Jan 27, 2014

Award-winning composer Jeff Thomson made his debut at 54 Below with 'Go Where The Love Is' last week, January 20. The evening will highlight material from the upcoming musicals Pump Up the Volume, Trails, and Jawbreaker, as well as several yet-to-be-revealed projects. Check out highlights from the concert below!

STAGE TUBE: Thoms, Leigh Green et al. Join JAWBREAKER; Promo Released!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 3, 2010

Tracie Thoms (Cold Case, Rent), Jenna Leigh Green (Wicked), and Alexa Green (Wicked) have been added to the all-star lineup of Broadway stars performing at the upcoming concert of music from Jawbreaker, a new musical based on the cult-classic film, on Sunday, December 12th, 2010 at 9pm at the Canal Room in New York City. They join the previously announced cast, which includes Shoshana Bean (Wicked), Morgan James (Addams Family), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia), and Deborah S. Craig (Spelling Bee).