Short Film: THE DINNER PARTY, 14min., USA, Drama/Comedy

Directed by Jenna Ushkowitz
All hell breaks loose when Steve (1883 star Eric Nelsen) brings his new girlfriend Serena (Kate Easton) to meet his family for the first time.

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Director Biography – Jenna Ushkowitz

This film is Jenna’s Directorial Debut.

Jenna Ushkowitz is most known for her role as Tina Cohen-Chang for six seasons of the 3-time Emmy nominated, FOX television series, Glee.

Jenna is a two-time Tony Award Winner, who made her producing debut on Broadway with the Revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Once on This Island. She is also a co-producer of THE INHERITANCE and BE MORE CHILL on Broadway and the West End’s production of THE JUNGLE. Jenna also starred as Dawn in the Broadway production of Waitress. In the Summer of 2015, Jenna made her Pittsburgh CLO debut as Julia in their production of “The Wedding Singer”.

Also, Jenna served as the Executive Producer of Twinsters, a film documentary about two identical twins separated at birth and who then are reunited. The film premiered at SXSW Film Festival.

Jenna starred in the Hollywood Bowl special production of Hair alongside Kristen Bell, Amber Riley and Sarah Hyland. Prior to becoming a Gleek, Jenna was on Broadway in the Tony Award winning production of Spring Awakening. Jenna released her first memoir, “Choosing Glee” in May 2013, which is a heartfelt, practical guide for teens on how to be your true self, gain self-esteem, and find your inner confidence. Baseball fans may know Jenna as the first host of Yankees on Deck, which is a behind-the-scenes sports show geared towards young audiences on the YES! Network.

Ushkowitz is also a creative partner in the media co., At Will Media.

Jenna made her Broadway debut at the age of nine in the 1996 revival of The King and I, and performed with the original cast in an appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that year. Her television credits before Glee include Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, As the World Turns, and the pilot The Imagination Movers for Playhouse Disney.

She has made appearances on Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Jenna has sung the National Anthem at home games for the New York Yankees, New York Knicks, NY Jets, LA Dodgers and more. In addition to Hello, Again her independent film credits include Kat Moon’s Yellow Fever, Don Gaille’s Babyface, and Georgia Lee’s Educated. She attended Marymount Manhattan College, where she graduated in just three short years with a B.A. in Acting and a minor in Musical Theatre.

Director Statement

I am thrilled to be making my directorial debut alongside this group of incredibly talented artists, bringing laughter and levity into our audience’s homes. I plan on continuing to learn and explore storytelling from behind the lens.

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