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Jen Bender Biography

 
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)
 
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)

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).