Jennifer Porter (credited as Jennifer Nichole Porter in film roles) is an award-winning musician, actor and screenwriter. Originally trained as an Opera singer, Jennifer’s musical range spans an array of genres. She is equally at home singing with Orchestras, Jazz combos and Blues bands. She is also an accomplished Blues pianist, and has played with Zydeco greats C.J. Chenier and Nathan Williams of Nathan and The Zydeco Cha-Chas. In 1989 Jennifer was the first vocalist in Maine inducted into the prestigious musical honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda. Her 2014 album, EASY LIVING, has been nominated for an Independent Music Award in the Jazz With Vocals category.
In 1988 she co-founded The Originals Theatre Company with her partner Dana Packard. Her more than 70 stage credits, many critically acclaimed, include Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Rose in The Woolgatherer, Scarlett in Coyote Ugly, Celeste in Little Egypt, Beth in A Lie of the Mind, May in Fool For Love, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Patsy Cline in Always...Patsy Cline, and Marjorie in Extremities.
In 1998 she and Dana formed their film company, Honey Tree Films. Jennifer starred in, and composed and performed the film score for their first short film, THE BALLAD OF IDA AND DOOB (1999) and wrote, starred in, and composed and performed the film scores for their feature films - the critically acclaimed MR. BARRINGTON (2003) which has been translated into several languages, and the multiple award-winning 40 WEST (2011) with Wayne Newton. For her work on 40 WEST, Jennifer received Awards of Merit for Acting and Original Score from The Accolade Competition, Gold Prestige Awards for Acting, Original Score and Original Song, and a Silver Prestige Award for Original Screenplay.
Jennifer is a proud member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Writers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, and Actors’ Equity Association.
Music from her new album Easy Living, from Grammy award-winning producer Lawrence Manchester, can be heard on jazz stations around the country. Her other albums include The Way You Look Tonight, Hyacinth Boy Blue, and the award-winning Soundtrack from 40 WEST.