B I O G R A P H Y
Jenna Bainbridge is a disabled actor, singer, and voice instructor that has been performing since she was 12 years old. You may have seen her with companies including, but not limited to: Phamaly Theatre Company, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Arvada Center, The Aurora Fox, Theatreworks, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company. Some favorite roles include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Mary Magdelene in Jesus Christ Superstar.
When Jenna was 18 months old, she sustained a spinal cord injury and has been partially paralyzed from the waist down ever since. Jenna has become a passionate Disability Rights advocate and has spoken at numerous conferences, on podcasts, and at public performances about the importance of representation in the arts. While the disabled population in the US is just under 20%, they are represented in fewer than 1% of roles on the stage and screen. Because of this, Jenna has worked tirelessly to break down barriers and perform in theatres around the world. She says that, "We can only accept and embrace our differences if we can publicly see and talk about them, and what is more public than the arts?" It is her dream to become the first mainstream actress with a visible disability.
Jenna has been nominated for the True West Award three times and has won the People's Choice Award Twice. Additionally, she won the Best of Westward award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2010, and has been nominated for 5 Colorado Theatre Guild "Henry" Awards for her roles in Urinetown, Sideshow, Beauty and the Beast, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Academic and Personal Awards
In 2014, Jenna graduated from The University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, Magna Cum Laude and with Distinction in her degree; Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. While there, she pledged the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity, through which she won the Scholastic Achievement Award upon graduating. She has been a Provost Scholarship recipient, a McCloraine Scholarship recipient, and a SAI Musical Theatre Scholarship Recipient. In high school she was the Valedictorian, and was honored with scholarships from the Kiwanis Club and the Rotary Club.