Jenna-Lee is a born and raised Saskatchewan actor living in Toronto, Ontario. A graduate of the BFA Acting Program at the University of Saskatchewan, and the Globe Theatre Actor Conservatory, she has trained with high calibre theatre professionals from across the country. She continues to seek out learning opportunities whenever possible, and is currently training with Nola Augustson in onscreen acting in Toronto. She was also lucky enough to train with Pete Balkwill of The Old Trouts at the Banff Puppet Intensive in puppet building and articulation, and with Shannon Calcutt (Zumanity, Cirque de Soleil - Las Vegas) in clown.
Jenna-Lee has also trained in radio broadcasting, and co-hosted Mom, I'm a Thespian on CFCR in Saskatoon; a spoken word radio program that showcased local and national theatre artists as they spoke about their careers, projects, and all things theatre. MIAT continues to air Fridays at 7pm on CFCR with hosts Kate Herriot and Angela Kemp, and a backlog of episodes can be found here.
A natural storyteller, Jenna-Lee has an ability to connect with an audience through her playful energy, and expressive nature. She is passionate about character creation, and strives to bring an emotional honesty, intelligence, and humour to her work. Her ability to transform onstage has seen her play a diverse array of characters regardless of gender (Pisanio & Guiderius in Cymbeline, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet), and is often sought out to play multiple characters in a single production (Caroline Bingley, Aunt Philips, and Lady Catherine in Pride and Prejudice, Mae and 6 other characters in The Secret Mask).
Her work has been nominated for several awards, and she was honoured to receive the SATAward for Outstanding Achievement in Performance two years in a row for her role of Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), and Callie in Stop Kiss (Embrace Theatre/Live Five).
Trained in collective creation, and passionate about new play development, Jenna-Lee has worked with several professional companies and independent artists on work that has been produced professionally on stages across Canada. She is especially interested in devised creation through movement as a means of investigating a topic or creating a narrative.
Jenna-Lee’s passion for theatre comes from its inclusive quality, and the opportunity to engage with audiences. She believes in theatre’s ability to educate youth, and create community, and has worked as a theatre instructor for youth ages 6-18.
Actor, clown, musician, puppeteer, artist - Jenna-Lee is happiest when she’s discovering or creating.