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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


 

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!

NEWS!!!

COMING UP IN AUTUMN:

  • Looking forward to performing with Marisa Michelson's Constellation Chor again on December 14th.
  • Putting on an impromptu cabaret at the Tank. It's a Tankaret! Singing songs and telling stories about the ultimate drug, love. Join me Nov. 13th! Tickets here.
  • Cannot wait to return to the river with the amazing cast of Tamar Of The River as we give a reunion concert at 54 Below Nov. 1st. Check out the teaser-->
  • Having a blast working with some amazing artists on a reading of the new musical, The Workshop. 
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...

  •  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! ---->

    JUST MISSED LAST SUMMER AND SPRING:

    • Got my groove on August 8th at Cornelia St. Cafe as part of the Cabaret Festival with Inside The Underground. Sang songs by Nikko Benson,EllaRose Chary and Brandon James GwinnMatt Frey, Melissa Tien and Sojournor Hodges.
    • Sang at the beautiful 54 Below once more, this time for Cook For Your Life: A Cancer Benefit Concert!
    • Very excited to have been back at Prospect Theater Company for their World Views Music Theatre Lab on July 8th. Tickets here.
    • Filmed 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 have made my NY Madness debut in the incredible Nic Grelli's The Body and The Blood on June 25th. Info here
    • Played the role of Jamie in an excerpt of Michael Manzi's awesome play with music Waif and Stray at the Gallatin Summer Theatre Lab. 
     

    "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 info and ended up getting a Music degree in Voice Performance at Arizona State University 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, singing to babies in Spanish with Mi Manzana, recording and directing voice overs and other fun things, doing energy and intuitive healing work, 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.