|Alma mater||Hunter College|
Boston Conservatory of Music
Brad Robertson (m. 2004)
Jennifer Simard is an American actor and singer known primarily for her work in theater.
Early life and education
Simard received Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her roles in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, The Thing About Men, and Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit (2005).
Simard originated the role of Sister Mary Downy in the 2016 Broadway musical Disaster!, for which her performance earned her a Tony Award nomination and a Drama League Award nomination in 2016. She was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award for the same role, which she performed off Broadway in 2014. The Variety reviewer wrote: "...this is a good cast that knows the comic ropes — and then some, in the special case of Jennifer Simard, who shows great comic chops as a nun with a secret gambling fixation.“
Simard played Miss Hannigan in the St. Louis Muny production of Annie from July 18–25, 2018. The reviewer wrote: "Jennifer Simard ...plays Miss Hannigan, and is nothing less than incredible in the role. She is hilarious as the head of the orphanage, causing the crowd to burst into laughter for much of her time on-stage. Her rendition of “Little Girls” is not to be missed. With impeccable comedic timing, a wonderful voice, and all-around talent – Simard gives a performance that makes it impossible to look away."
In August 2018, it was announced that Simard would be joining the company of the Tony-nominated musical Mean Girls as Mrs. Heron, Ms. Norbury, and Mrs. George in September 2018, replacing Kerry Butler.
Television and film
|1996||I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change||Woman #1||Westside Theatre||Joel Bishoff|
|2003||The Thing About Men||Woman||Promenade Theatre|
|2004||Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit||Various Characters||Douglas Fairbanks Theatre||Gerard Alessandrini and Phillip George|
|2006||The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee||Rona Lisa Peretti||US National Tour||James Lapine|
|2007||Rona Lisa Peretti (replacement)||Circle in the Square Theatre|
|2008||Shrek The Musical||Queen Lillian/Wicked Witch/
Magic Mirror Assistant
|Broadway Theatre||Jason Moore|
|2011||Sister Act||Ensemble||Jerry Zaks|
|2013||Disaster!||Sister Mary Downy||St. Luke’s Theatre||Jack Plotnick|
|2017||Hello, Dolly!||Ernestina||Shubert Theatre||Jerry Zaks|
|2018||Annie||Miss Hannigan||The Muny|
|Mean Girls||Mrs. Heron/Ms. Norbury/
Mrs. George (replacement)
|August Wilson Theatre||Casey Nicholaw|
|2000||The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas||Bride-To-Be|
|2001||Wish You Were Dead||Cake Girl|
|2013||Shrek The Musical||Wicked Witch|
|2014||Non-Stop||Maggie Evans (uncredited)|
|2015||Sisters||Pet Activist at Party|
|1999||The King of Queens||Paula||Episode: "Best Man"|
|2006||Law & Order||Danielle Andreas||Episode: "Invaders"|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Debra Jackson||Episode: "Trade"|
|2015||The Good Wife||Janie Mullaby||Episode: "Payback"|||
|2016||Younger||Sherry||Episode: "Last Days of Books"|||
Awards and nominations
|1997||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical||I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change||Nominated|
|2004||The Thing About Men||Nominated|
|2005||Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit||Nominated|
|Lucille Lortel Award||Outstanding Featured Actress||Nominated|
|2014||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical||Disaster!||Nominated|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance Award||Nominated|
|Tony Award||Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical||Nominated|
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- Klein, Alvin. "THEATER; Getting the Giggles From 'Forbidden Broadway'". Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "An Interview with DISASTER'S Jennifer Simard & Seth Rudetsky". Manhattan Digest. 2016-04-21. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- Murray, Matthew. "2005 Drama Desk Award Nominations Announced" theatermania.com, April 28, 2005
- Stasio, Marilyn. "Broadway Review: Disaster-Movie Spoof Disaster!" Variety, March 8, 2016
- Hetrick, Adam (September 16, 2016). "Kate Baldwin, Gavin Creel, Jennifer Simard Join Bette Midler Hello, Dolly!". Playbill.
- "Jennifer Simard and Christopher Sieber Join Muny Annie | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- Brackett, Kevin. Theatre: Muny’s Annie Has Audiences Fully Dressed With Smiles, Ear to Ear" Review St. Louis, July 20, 2018
- Clement, Olivia (August 14, 2018). "Jennifer Simard to Join Mean Girls on Broadway". Playbill.
- "Jennifer Simard". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "How Disaster!'s Jennifer Simard Landed the Role of a Lifetime | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- Hernandez, Ernio (July 6, 2006). "Jennifer Simard Prepped for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Tour". Playbill.
- Hernandez, Ernio (April 17, 2007). "Mo Rocca and Jennifer Simard Run Broadway's Spelling Bee with New Cast Beginning April 17". Playbill.
- Gans, Andrew (October 14, 2013). "John Treacy Egan, Michele Ragusa, Jennifer Simard, Mary Testa Try to Avoid Disaster!, Beginning Oct. 14 Off-Broadway". Playbill.
- Gioia, Michael (May 8, 2016). "Jennifer Simard On Carrying the Banner For Her Show as It Bids Broadway Farewell". Playbill.
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- "Non-Stop (2014) - IMDb". IMDb.
- "Cast and Crew Sisters". allmovie.com. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
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- ""Law & Order" Invaders (TV Episode 2006) - IMDb". IMDb.
- ""Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Trade (TV Episode 2008) - IMDb". IMDb.
- "Listings. 'The Good Wife'. November 1, 2015" thefutoncritic.com, accessed September 8, 2019
- Smith, Matt. "BWW Recap: Krysta Rodriguez, Jennifer Simard Guest on Younger as Liza Saves a Bookstore" broadwayworld.com, October 12, 2016