Jhett Dizon Tolentino
Jhett Tolentino at Malacañan Palace in December 2016
|Birth name||Jhett Tolentino|
|Born||December 28, 1976|
|Origin||Iloilo City, Iloilo, Philippines|
Jhett Tolentino is a Filipino entertainment producer based in New York City, who is also known for being the second Philippine-born awardee of the Tony Award. He has won three Tony Awards since his Broadway debut in March 2013 and has received his first Grammy Award in February 2017. He was awarded by Malacañan the Pamana ng Pilipino Award for his non-profit and non-commercial work, and for becoming the first Filipino citizen to win both Tony and the Grammy award.
Tolentino attended Calumpang Elementary School (which was since renamed as Esteban Juntado, Sr. Elementary School) from 1983 to 1989. He entered University of Iloilo as a high school freshman and took up his secondary education from 1989 to 1993. He continued attending University of Iloilo and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy degree in March 1997.
He has pursued his high school education by applying to a scholarship program being promoted by the Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Parish. Apparently, the scholarship grant is funded by the Meguko Society, a student organization operating at the Jesuit-run Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. The Meguko Society caters to educational needs of indigenous children from India and the Philippines. Tolentino was awarded scholarship grants from high school to undergraduate by the organization.
Right after graduation, Tolentino worked in Iloilo City at Mercantile Credit Resource Corporation as a general bookkeeper, and was promoted as an accountant after three months, while serving as the company's corporate secretary. He worked at Mercantile Credit Resource Corporation from 1997 to 2002. He moonlighted in multinational Hong Kong-based companies from 1999 to 2001: as internal auditor for JP Capital Partners Ltd., and as sales and marketing executive for Inside Fashion.
In 2002, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for a sales and marketing job at The Good Guys, while moonlighting as a waiter for Continental Caterers and as a babysitter. Soon, he decided to move to the New York tri-state area for a mortgage and finance job in 2004, where he has learned much about the theatre industry. He has sidelined as a nursing assistant in 2006, and when the market crashed as part of the 2008 recession, he worked in the healthcare profession fulltime.
While in New York, working in finance and healthcare, he started writing reviews of theatre shows in his blog.
In February 2016, Tolentino was given recognition by the government of the Philippines through the National Commission for Culture and the Arts-Ani ng Dangal for giving international recognition to the Philippines; and was among The Outstanding Young Men and Women of the Philippines who were awarded the same year by President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañang Palace in December of the same year.
According to his self-produced biographical documentary Life Is What You Make It, Tolentino is the youngest child of Gloria Dizon, a native of Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon and Arthur Tolentino, a native of Iloilo whose roots come from Bataan. Tolentino grew up in a severely impoverished area of Barangay Calumpang, Molo, Iloilo City, which was a few meters across the shore of the Iloilo Strait.
|The Recording Academy (Grammy Awards)||Voting Member||2016–present|
|The Broadway League (Tony Awards)||Voting Member||2015–2017|
|The Order of the Knights of Rizal-New York Chapter||Deputy Chapter Commander||2015–2018|
|2016||The Color Purple: New Broadway Cast Recording||Producer||Broadway Records||59th Annual Grammy Awards winner|
|2015||Side Show: Added Attractions||Live at Feinstein's/54 Below|
|2014||Side Show: Original 2014 Broadway Cast Recording|
|Leslie Odom Jr.||Associate Producer||CD Baby||Re-recorded in 2016|
|A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder: Original Broadway Cast Recording||Co-Executive Producer||Sh-K-Boom Records||57th Annual Grammy Awards nominee|
|2013||Matilda the Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording||Associate Producer||Broadway Records||56th Annual Grammy Awards nominee|
|2019||M. Butterfly||Producer||Philippine National Tour|
|2018||M. Butterfly||Maybank Theatre|
|Children of a Lesser God||Studio 54|
|2016||Tuck Everlasting||Broadhurst Theatre|
|Hand to God||Vaudeville Theatre|
|A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder||National Tour|
|Clever Little Lies||Westside Theatre|
|Hand to God||Booth Theatre|
|Buyer and Cellar||National Tour|
|2014||A Raisin in the Sun||Ethel Barrymore Theatre|
|A Delicate Balance||John Golden Theatre|
|Side Show||St. James Theatre|
|This is Our Youth||Cort Theatre|
|The Velocity of Autumn||Booth Theatre|
|Here Lies Love||The Public Theatre (LuEsther Hall)|
|2013||Buyer and Cellar||Barrow Street Theatre|
|A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder||Walter Kerr Theatre|
|Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike||John Golden Theatre|
|Macbeth||Associate Producer||Ethel Barrymore Theatre|
|Bedlam's Hamlet and Saint Joan||Co-Producer||Lynn Redgrave Theatre|
|2012||My Name is Asher Lev||Producer||Westside Theatre|
|2017||Life Is What You Make It||Writer|
Notable awards and nominations
|2018||Pamana ng Pilipino Award||Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas||Malacañan Palace, Manila|
|2016||Ten Outstanding Young Men and Women of the Philippines||Junior Chamber International-Philippines||Malacañan Palace, Manila|
|Philippine Immersion Program Delegate||Filipino Young Leaders Program||Philippine Embassy, Washington, D.C.|
|Ani ng Dangal||National Commission for Culture and the Arts||SMX Aura Convention Center, Taguig|
|2014||The Outstanding Filipino American for Entertainment||The Outstanding Filipino American-New York||Carnegie Hall, New York City|
- The Color Purple Cast Recording wins 2017 Grammy Award 
- Jhett Tolentino wins first Grammy 
- Internet Broadway Database: Jhett Tolentino 
- Lucile Lortel Archives: Jhett Tolentino 
- Broadway World: Jhett Tolentino 
- Life Is What You Make it 
- Making Broadway Accessible to Pinoys 
- Former OFW in HK, successful in Broadway