Born in Petaluma, California, Jenna Kantor entertained her parents and Passover Seder dinner guests by improvising dance routines to classical music in the living room. To feed this hunger to perform after dinner, her mother signed her up for ballet lessons at the age of five. While this craving to dance was fed, she expressed herself vocally throughout her home singing her one-woman version of West Side Story. “I Feel Pretty” and “Officer Krupke” were a few of her preferred selections to belt out at a moments notice.
It wasn't until Jenna attended the University of California, Irvine, she found herself pulled towards musical theatre. She took a risk with the song “Nobody Does It Like Me” and continued to use that risk to book her first show playing Miss Thorn in the hit musical “Ruthless.” Already a dancer, Jenna Kantor worked hard in both her vocal and dramatic performances to grow into a strong triple threat. Not only can she act and sing, she can also feel tipsy after a sip of Manischewitz Grape Wine!
After graduating with a BA in drama and a BA in dance, Jenna flew on Jet Blue (the best airline) for New York and booked her first gig with Disney Cruise Line. She continued to have a fruitful career for years and then decided to do the predictable, get her doctorate in Physical Therapy at Columbia University. L'chiam!
Now, this little shabbat shalom can ask people to call her Doctor Kantor on the set. Ha!
... let's finish this bio with something inspiring...
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make a manifest. The glory of G-d that is within us. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” - Marianne Williamson