Jenna Makkawy is an actress, singer, and dancer from Chicago, IL. She trained in the youth ensembles with both American Theater Company (est. 1985- 2018) and Lookingglass Theatre Company (est. 1988). In her time at ATC, she took several workshops and masterclasses with a wide range of professional Chicago actors and artists as well as had the opportunity to perform in several shows including the documentary theater productions of This Beautiful City (Summer 2016) and The Projects (Summer 2017). During her time at ATC she was also able to be a cast member in the World Premiere of Dan LeFranc's Bruise Easy (directed by Joanie Schultz in 2015).
As a recent graduate of Cornell College, some of Jenna's recent roles include; Columbia (Rocky Horror Show), Karen (August: Osage County), Orlando (As You Like It), and Percy (The Spitfire Grill). Jenna graduated in 2021 with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Studio Art. As the inaugural student of Cornell's BFA Musical Theatre program, she has also learned skills in costuming, directing, devising and arts administration.
During her junior and senior years in college at Cornell, she co-conceived and directed a student devised cabaret show called Boundless: A Cabaret. Due to the COVID - 19 pandemic, the 2020 production had to pivot to a completely virtual format (rehearsals and performance).
In Fall of 2018 she placed 2nd in the Lower Women's Musical Theater category of the Regional NATS Competition at Simpson College.
Before the pandemic, Jenna was contracted to play the following roles with The Old Creamery Theater, Iowa's premier Equity theater:
Annelle in Steel Magnolias
Netti/Chef O'Malley/Ensemble in Curious George: The Golden Meatball
Gia Mastropietro in Nana Does Vegas
From this opportunity, she was able to begin her EMC paperwork and process.
In her final semester at Cornell, Jenna got invited to study in New York, NY at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in their Musical Theater Intensive for the summer. After receiving her BFA at Cornell, Jenna packed up her bags and headed out to the Big Apple. There she has been further studying the art of Musical Theater and taking classes on the ins and outs of the industry with some of New York's finest performers and mentors.
A Little More About Me:
I have always loved performing and grew up dreaming of someday making my way to a Broadway stage.
Being the youngest of three musically inclined kids, I have been performing since I could walk and talk. We did little shows in my house that my sister and I would practice and perform for the family.
I began taking dancing classes when I was 3 years old, singing lessons when I was 12 years old, and was cast in my first musical, The Wizard of Oz, at the age of 10.
I went to Lincoln Park High School in Chicago, IL and was in their Drama Magnet program, which had a partnership with Victory Garden's Theater in the LP area.
Some fun facts: My favorite color is yellow, my favorite show is Bob's Burgers, and my favorite thing to do outside of performing, is laugh!