Jen Bender is a producer of theater and live events, specializing in the development of new musicals.
She is the founder of Quick Brown Fox Productions and serves as Creative Development Consultant for Lively McCabe Entertainment. Previously, Jen was Senior Vice President of Production and Development for The Araca Group. She also served as Director of Programming and Artists Services for the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), which she co-founded in 2004.
Prior to her career as a producer, Jen worked extensively as a director in New York and around the world. Her Broadway credits as Resident and Associate Director include The Lion King, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Wedding Singer, Steel Magnolias, and Avenue Q. She directed the world-premiere of Do You Hear the People Sing: The Dream Concert by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg featuring Lea Salonga, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Terrence Mann, and Stephanie J. Block at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX.
Jen spent the three years touring North America, Asia, and Australia as the Assistant Artistic Director of Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo. From its creation in 2008, she was the Artistic Director of Broadway in South Africa, a non-profit organization that aims to develop a cross-cultural exchange between youth in need and artists who seek to use their change for good. She is also a co-founder of New Voices Collective, a concert series of art songs by contemporary American composers.
She has worked with students of all ages as a teaching artist for the BFA program at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Camp Broadway, The Broadway Experience, Kamp NYC, The Artist’s Crossing, Broadway Classroom, and the summer program at Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Originally from Marion, Ohio, Jen is a graduate of the theater program at Northwestern University.