Jenn Colella On Stage - Theatre Credits, Bio and Tickets
Jennifer Lin Colella is a Tony-nominated actor who was born on September 22, 1974 in Charleston, South Carolina. She grew up in Summerville and attended Columbia College, graduating with a degree in speech and drama. She carried on her studies at the University of California, Irvine, where she earned her MFA in acting.
She initially started her career in the stand-up comedy circuit in Los Angeles, playing iconic venues such as the Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store before she decided to branch out into musical theatre. She made her Broadway debut as Sissy in Urban Cowboy in 2003 and her Off-Broadway debut in The Great American Trailer Park Musical in 2005. She spent the next years of her career mainly between Broadway and off Broadway, with her most notable credits being Chaplin and High Fidelity on Broadway, and Slut, Lucky Guy, and Closer Than Ever off Broadway.
She joined the cast of If/Then alongside Idina Menzel in 2013 which, after out-of-town tryouts, transferred to Broadway in 2014. Her journey with Come From Away began at La Jolla Playhouse in California in 2015, where she portrayed a handful of roles including Flight Captain Beverley Bass. The show transferred to Broadway and began performances on February 18, 2017. She earned a Tony nomination and won a Drama Desk Award for her efforts. She played her final Broadway performance in Come From Away on November 10, 2019, but returned to her role alongside most of the original cast when the musical was filmed for streaming on Apple TV+.
Colella’s voice is also featured in the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen.