Jenn Gambatese is an actor, singer, teacher and writer whose work has enabled her to see the world and collaborate with some of the most wonderful artists imaginable.
Originally from outside Cleveland, Ohio, Jenn came to New York to study at NYU where she double majored in Drama and Sociology. She graduated magna cum laude and had the distinction of being one of four "Artists and Scholars" from the Tisch School of the Arts. Both her theatrical training and scholastic endeavors provided Jenn with the best possible foundation upon which to build her career.
Jenn's Broadway debut was in the musical Footloose. She then went on to appear as one of the nicest kids in town in the original company of Hairspray (a show she happily returned to in the role of everyone's favorite saddle-shoed sidekick, 'Penny Pingleton'.) Between those stints in Baltimore she forayed into the forest to play 'Mouse' and other woodland creatures in the enchanting A Year with Frog and Toad.
Next up, Jenn originated her first leading role playing 'Natalie' (and her alter-ego, 'Ed') in All Shook Up -- a portrayal which earned her an Outer Critics Circle nomination. Her next incredible opportunities were creating the role of 'Jane' in Disney's Tarzan and playing opposite Norbert Leo Butz in Is He Dead? -- the hilarious farce by Mark Twain (aided by the incomparable David Ives). Jenn had the good fortune of doing another fantastic David Ives' play, The School for Lies, at Classic Stage Company. After becoming a Mom, Jenn had the incredible opportunity to travel across America "by bubble" as Glinda in the national tour of 'Wicked'. She also had the great privilege of starring to critical acclaim as both 'Maria von Trapp' in The Sound of Music, and 'Carrie Pipperidge' in Carousel with the esteemed Lyric Opera of Chicago. Returning to Broadway, where she now stars as 'Principal Rosalie Mullins' in School of Rock, has been a wonderful homecoming!
Being back in New York also made it possible for Jenn to create her first solo album Jenn Gambatese: Cockeyed Optimist, a celebration of her love for the legendary writing team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II! It comes out February 1st, 2017!
The majority of Jenn's regional work has been in the great neighboring "nutmeg state", Connecticut. She was delighted to play 'Chloe Haddock' in Terence McNally's Lips Together Teeth Apart at the Westport Country Playhouse. She won a Connecticut Critics Circle award for her portrayal of 'Annie Oakley' in Annie Get Your Gun at the Goodspeed Opera House, and she was nominated for another CCC for playing 'Constance Blackwood' in We Have Always Lived in the Castle at the Yale Repertory Theater. For more details about Jenn's credits, check out her resume page.
As a concert performer Jenn has sung across the country with great orchestras such as The Atlanta Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, The Long Island Philharmonic, and The Grand Teton Music Festival. She also enjoys teaching master classes to young performers in both high school and university settings. As a writer, Jenn frequently collaborates with the extraordinary playwright, Howard Emanuel as well as with the extremely talented composer, Paul Fujimoto.
On the home front, Jenn is blessed beyond measure to be married to Curtis Cregan. Together they have two beautiful daughters.