Jen Bender is a producer, director, and consultant specializing in the creation and development of new musicals. She is passionate about artists who are writing original pieces, working with diverse creative teams and casts, and projects with a focus on advocacy. Jen created Quick Brown Fox Productions to nurture, shepherd, and support this work. She is the executive producer on multiple new shows in development, including Jeannette by Ari Afsar and Lauren M. Gunderson, and The Glorious Death of Comrade What’s-His-Name, by Raymond Bokhour, David Bridel, and Simon Gray. She also serves as Creative Development Consultant for Lively McCabe Entertainment.
Ari Afsar will sing SONGS from Jeannette at Subculture on July 29 with guest stars Joshua henry, lexi lawson, and Jessica Vosk
Pop sensation and Hamilton alum Ari Afsar will present a live demo concert of her new musical Jeannette at SubCulture (45 Bleecker St) on Monday, July 29 at 7.30pm. Afsar will be joined by special guests Joshua Henry (Hamilton, Carousel), Lexi Lawson (Hamilton, In the Heights), and Jessica Vosk (Wicked, Fiddler on the Roof). The evening will be directed by Erin Ortman and produced by Jen Bender.
Based on the true story of America’s first congresswoman, Jeannette electrifies the life and history of suffrage activist, social worker and Montanan, Jeannette Rankin. Elected to Congress in 1916—three years before women are granted the right to vote—Jeannette finds herself to be the only female voice within the halls of power to vote on women’s suffrage. Jeannette heralds one person’s radical voice in America’s ongoing journey toward equal rights for all.