Short & Sweet
Jennifer Marinelli is an award-winning actor, movement artist, educator, and digital marketer specializing in non-profit theatre.
Jennifer Marinelli is an award-winning actor, and movement artist, and digital marketer based in New York City. She is a passionate storyteller and seeks to create deeply honest work that encourages others to explore the full scope of their humanity. She is particularly interested in telling and creating stories that highlight the female voice and experience.
Jennifer is originally from Lapeer, Michigan, where she started dance at a young age and discovered her spark for acting by playing make-believe for hours on end in her neighbor’s backyard. Jennifer graduated with high honors from Michigan State University with two degrees--professional writing and interdisciplinary humanities--and a minor in theatre.
Just out of college, Jennifer accepted an offer to join Roundabout Theatre Company’s apprentice program and moved to New York City. There she honed her skills in digital marketing and dipped her toes into the world of New York theatre. After completing the program, Jennifer accepted a marketing position at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre. She worked with Signature for five years, all while seeking acting training and performing on New York stages.
Jennifer completed training at the William Esper Studio, The Barrow Group, and Shakespeare & Company. As an actor she has appeared in works at the Capital Fringe Festival, the Midtown International Theatre Festival, New York Shakespeare Exchange’s Diversity Festival, and more. Most notably, she performed in and served as dance captain for Ren Gyo Soh’s SHINKA, directly by Yokko Usami, at the Planet Connections Festival. SHINKA won the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play and the Planet Connections Award for Outstanding Ensemble. Recently, She also received the honor of joining Labyrinth Theatre Company’s 2020 Intensive Ensemble and performed in two original pieces, including one that she wrote and directed herself.
Jennifer graduated with an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College in the spring of 2021, where she was the recipient of the Shubert Foundation Scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year.
Jennifer lives in Manhattan with her partner, where she is learning to cook and brushing up on her Spanish speaking skills.