For anyone who has seen Jennie Greenberry ’08 take the stage, she is clearly an acting-singing-dancing sensation on the rise. Even the Los Angeles Times has called Greenberry, who graduated from Stephens College with a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts, “a star in the making.”

The New York Times wrote that Greenberry, a soprano, is “pure-voiced” while likened her “vocal maturity” to “the lovely Audra McDonald.”

Greenberry, who is a company member with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore., most recently played Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and was a member of the Ensemble in “Merry Wives of Windsor.” Her other roles at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival have included Ophelia in “Hamlet,” Cinderella in “Into the Woods,” Octavia in “Antony and Cleopatra,” Ens/Glinda US in “The Wiz” and Polly Potter in “The Cocoanuts.”

Lamby Hedge, an associate professor of theatre at Stephens, had Greenberry in her acting classes and directed her in the production of “Godspell” for Okoboji Summer Theatre in Spirit Lake, Iowa. She also cheered Greenberry on during her New York City debut as Serena in “Lucky Duck” at the New Victory Theater in Times Square.

“Simply put, Jennie Greenberry is the ‘real deal,’” Hedge said. “She radiates intelligence, talent, virtuosity and esprit de corps. It should surprise no one that she is now at the place of capturing top-drawer opportunities with some of the nation’s leading theater companies and is knocking them out of the park.” 

Hedge said Greenberry was a dedicated and focused theatre artist from the beginning and demonstrated an impressive ability to handle a wide range of acting challenges, from the classics to musical theatre, with equal aplomb.  

“A generous and enthusiastic collaborator, Jennie has remained fiercely committed to her dream of a career in the theater,” she said, “and through extraordinary focus, discipline, training and a mountain of killer talent, she’s well on her way to fulfilling it.”   

Greenberry, who has also performed at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Spinning Tree Theatre, Music Theatre Wichita and The Coterie Theatre, among others, is grateful to be making a living doing what she loves.

“It’s true that there’s a lot of hard work that goes into a good play,” she wrote on her website. “But if that means my work can spark someone’s imagination, awaken emotion, give way to introspection or challenge perception, then it is well worth every effort.” 

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