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.
JEANNETTE SELECTED FOR O’NEILL THEATER CENTER'S 2019 SEASON. THE NATIONAL MUSIC THEATER CONFERENCE WILL RUN JUNE 22–JULY 12.
The new musical Jeannette, with a book by I And You playwright Lauren M. Gunderson and music and lyrics by Hamilton alum Ariana Ayesha Afsar, has been selected as one of three musicals to receive a development workshop at The O’Neill Theater Center’s Musical Theater Conference.
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.