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Bio


Jen

Anaya

Actor, Singer, Musician, Teacher

AEA  SAG-AFTRA


 

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Bio


Jen

Anaya

Actor, Singer, Musician, Teacher

AEA  SAG-AFTRA


 

NEWS!!!

COMING UP IN SUMMER: 

  • Ready to get my groove on August 8th at Cornelia St. Cafe as part of the Cabaret Festival with Inside The Underground. Singing songs by Nikko Benson,EllaRose Chary and Brandon James GwinnMatt Frey, Melissa Tien and Sojournor Hodges.
  • Singing at the beautiful 54 Below once more, this time for Cook For Your Life: A Cancer Benefit Concert!
  • Very excited to be back at Prospect Theater Company for their World Views Music Theatre Lab on July 8th. Tickets here.
  • Ready to return to Middle Voice at Rattlestick's FreshPlay series in a piece by Zyan Espinal. 
  • Filming a video for a piece from Marisa Michelson's Sappho. Get ready, y'all, it's gonna be incredible. Check out a few stills from it -------->
  • Soooo psyched to make my NY Madness debut in the incredible Nic Grelli's The Body and The Blood on June 25th. Info here
  • Playing the role of Jamie in an excerpt of Michael Manzi's awesome play with music Waif and Stray at the Gallatin Summer Theatre Lab. 
Oh no! You missed this cool stuff like Amada's father missed his target and shot her mother instead.  Sigh...

Oh no! You missed this cool stuff like Amada's father missed his target and shot her mother instead.  Sigh...

JUST MISSED LAST SPRING: 

  • Performed Marisa Michelson's Sappho Fragments for Heartbeat Opera's Spring Festival
  • Pumped to have sung backup for Vince Rodriguez III (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and performed the music of Marisa Michelson and Peter Mills at Prospect Theater Co.'s Spring Gala
  • Played the role of Amy in a staged reading of the new musical Can You Hear Me Baby? bringing together two of my favorite things, theatre and birth education. 
  • So honored and excited to have been present to watch the incredible Ty Defoe and Tidtaya Sinutoke receive the Jonathan Larson Grant and to lend my voice to one of their exquisite pieces!
  • Got to collaborate with some incredible artists to make this feminist Hamilton parody. Take a look! ----->
    I'm as excited for what's ahead as JIm Thompson is to see Ploy!

    I'm as excited for what's ahead as JIm Thompson is to see Ploy!

     

    "HOW DID I GET HERE?"

    A desert baby born and raised in the Arizona sun, I was singing long before speaking thanks to my parents, who gifted me a love of music and performance. The acting bug bit hard at the age of 6, when I was cast as a lamb in the Christmas pageant and realized that on stage you could be anything. I would go on to annoy the heck out of my dad for years by memorizing and reciting the lines to every movie we ever saw over and over and over again...

    In high school, during the intermission of the Broadway tour of The King and I, my musical director leaned over and whispered "You know, you could do that for a living if you wanted to." I ran with that tidbit and ended up going to Arizona State University and getting myself a Music degree in Voice Performance before heading out to NYC to make some dreams come true. 

    I LOVE new work and have gotten to premiere plays and musicals all over NYC and on regional stages. Favorites include Tamar of the River, Angels, Zapata! The Musical, Temple of the Souls and Casa Blue: The Last Moments in the Life of Frida Kahlo. Being on set of short films such as Martin Bowsfield and in web series like Making It, Mythos and How To Make It To 30 has also rocked my world. My#1 goal is to do work that moves and inspires and tells the stories of those who have been ignored for too long. 

    You will occasionally find me jamming out on my cello with Erin and the International Jam, helping humans bring tiny humans into the world as a doula, recording and directing voice overs and other fun things, practicing guitar, writing stories and silly songs and making magic with Marisa Michelson's Constellation Chor Ensemble.


    Jamming out to El Jarabe Tapatio

    Jamming out to El Jarabe Tapatio

    I'm a hugger.

    I'm a hugger.

    Recording booths are kinda my jam...

    Recording booths are kinda my jam...

    This is my cello, Vinny. Short for Vicente Fernandez.

    This is my cello, Vinny. Short for Vicente Fernandez.