Capathia Jenkins | Honorary Board

This Brooklyn-born and raised, actress and singer starred as ‘Medda’ in the hit Disney production of Newsies’ on Broadway. Capathia made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, creating the role of Harriet Jackson. Starring in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of ‘Turn Back, O Man’. A proud accomplishment, still available on the original cast recording. Her performances, in the Bacharach/David Broadway hit The Look of Love, won her critical acclaim. Under the direction of George C. Wolfe, Ms. Jenkins created the role of ‘The Washing Machine’ in Caroline, Or Change. As ‘Frieda May’ in Martin Short-Fame becomes me, where she sang ‘Stop the Show’, Capathia brought the house down. Every night.

In 2007, her relationship with Broadway secured, she starred in the Off-Broadway production of (mis) Understanding Mammy-The Hattie McDaniel Story, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. She was also a proud member of the cast of Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore.

An active concert artist, Ms. Jenkins has appeared with orchestras around the world including the Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestra’s. Her Symphonic appearances also include the Houston, Atlanta, Seattle, Utah, San Antonio, Memphis, Nashville, Toledo, Colorado, San Diego, Toronto, Kansas City, Edmonton, The National Symphony and The Pittsburgh Symphony (with Marvin Hamlisch). Capathia’s international credits include The Calgary and The Hong Kong Philharmonic, along with a solo performance at the Festival Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic.

In 2011 Capathia had the great honor of performing in the ‘Broadway Ambassadors to Cuba’ concert as part of the Festival De Teatro De La Habana. Ms. Jenkins was a guest soloist with Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, with John Morris Russell and The Cincinnati Pops and Steven Reineke and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.

Her Television credits include The Wiz Live on NBC, 30 Rock, the Practice, Law & Order SVU, the Sopranos and Law & Order. She can be seen in the film ‘Musical Chairs’ directed by Susan Seidelman. She can be heard on the following film soundtracks: Nine, Chicago and Legally Blonde 2.

“I love this organization and the work they do. Art that is celebratory , healing and inclusive. Pride Films and Plays, I’m honored to be a small part of your wonderful community.”

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