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JENNA USHKOWITZ is known for her role as Tina Cohen-Chang for five seasons of the three-time Emmy nominated Fox television series Glee. Prior to becoming a Gleek, Jenna was on Broadway in the Tony-winning production of Spring Awakening, performing the roles of Ilse, Martha, Anna, and Thea. Jenna released her first memoir, Choosing Glee, in May 2013, a heartfelt, practical guide for teens on how to be your true self, gain self-esteem, and find inner confidence. Baseball fans know Jenna as the first host of Yankees on Deck, which is a sports show geared towards young audiences on the YES Network.
Jenna made her Broadway debut at the age of nine in the 1996 revival of The King and I, and performed with the original cast in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that year. She played Little Red Riding Hood in two separate productions of Into the Woods (at Trinity Theatre and the Teresa Lang), and has traveled and performed across the country with The Broadway Kids. She can be heard on various cast recordings, including The King and I, Broadway Kids Back on Broadway, and The Broadway Kids Sing America. Her television credits include Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, As the World Turns, and the pilot The Imagination Movers for Playhouse Disney.
Jenna has appeared on Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and has sung the national anthem at home games for the New York Knicks and the L.A. Dodgers. Her independent film credits include Don Gaille’s Babyface and Georgia Lee’s Educated. She attended Marymount Manhattan College, graduating with a B.A. in Acting and a minor in Musical Theatre.