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Janine DiVita is...
Janine DiVita is a Broadway and screen actress and singer, concert artist, advocate, entrepreneur, and writer who finds inspiration in storytelling, creativity, ambition, and fun.
Her Broadway credits include starring as “bad girl” Rizzo in Grease, tap dancing up a storm in Anything Goes, and belting her face off whilst wearing a 1890’s bustle in the murder-mystery comedy The Mystery of Edwin Drood. If her Broadway credits weren’t versatile enough, Janine has also toured the country in the Diane Paulus directed Finding Neverland as Mary Barrie, the fabulous society woman who happens to be in a loveless marriage, and as the oh-so-precious and dramatic broad, Elizabeth Benning, in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein. (Elizabeth was created by icon, Madeline Kahn, in the film and then on the stage by Will & Grace‘s Meghan Mullally: "the nails, darling!").
It was during this run of Young Frankenstein that Mel Brooks himself gave Janine a shoutout in an interview;telling the interviewer that Janine DiVita “blows the roof off!” He was even so kind as to spell out Janine’s often misspelled Italian last name!
Janine has also toured the country with Frozen’s Idina Menzel in If/Then, in which Janine played the role of Ann: the sassy, bubbly half of a loving lesbian couple opposite Tony Award Winner, LaChanze. Janine also stepped into Idina Menzel’s role of Elizabeth from time to time. It was here that Janine started connecting to her fan base and saw firsthand the true impact a show can have on an audience and on lives.
Regionally, Janine has performed leading roles at Tony Award Winning theatres such as Arena Stage in Washington DC (Terri in Sophisticated Ladies starring Maurice Hines), The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia (Nancy in Oliver! for which Janine received a Barrymore Award Nomination for Best Leading Actress in a musical), Portland Center Stage in Portland, Oregon (Young Little Edie in Grey Gardens), John Engeman Theatre, in Northport, Long Island New York (Eva Peron in Evita), and The Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA (Robin in The Break.)
On screen, Janine has played roles on Elementary opposite Lucy Lui, The Americans, and The Colbert Show. She also appeared in the supporting role of Sally opposite Josh Lucas and Dustin Hoffman in feature film, Boychoir (now titled Hear My Song) directed by The Red Violin‘s Francois Gerard. She can be seen in the upcoming season 2 of HBO's The Deuce.
Janine has performed for tens of thousands of people from New York City to China; From elegant symphonic orchestras such as Edmonton Symphony in Alberta, Canada to rock-star-level pyrotechnics touring with Broadway Rox; From intimate cabaret settings within the New York City cabaret scene to singing our National Anthem at Madison Square Garden. Throughout the span of Janine’s young but full career, Janine discovered a passion for writing, teaching, and for advocacy.
She co-founded Empowered Voices, a company that combines dynamic theatrical techniques with traditional prevention education tactics to combat and prevent Sexual Assault within the U.S. Military and beyond. Currently, she serves as the director of the USO Show Troupe!
Janine has also co-written a dysfunctional-family-driven romantic comedy titled To Have and To Hold with Eric Holmes (of The Good Wife/The Good Fight) which is now in development with Dolphin Entertainment, and she has also co-produced and written her own solo shows Blonde Ammunition and Lit: #modernbroad. Both shows were performed to packed audiences at New York City’s premier night club, 54 Below.
Janine is West Virginia born, Kansas City raised, and holds a dual degree in Musical Theatre (B.F.A) and Communications Studies (B.A.) from the University of Michigan. She resides in NYC with her husband, Richard Del Bello.
(The above bio is not to be used for any promotional material. Please contact management for project specific information).
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