Jennie Kwan, a Los Angeles native, started performing at the age of 11 years old in the performing troupe, “Kids of the Century.” At age sixteen she landed her first professional role as the singing voice of “Audrey” on Fox TV’s animated series “LIttle Shop.” Audiences first recognized Jennie when she played the lead role of “Kim” in the first National Touring Company of “Miss Saigon,” having landed the coveted role after producer Cameron Mackintosh conducted a worldwide search.
Jennie was then introduced to television as series regular Samantha Woo, the wacky singing sensation on NBC-TV’s situation comedy, “California Dreams” which aired for five successful seasons, then moving into syndication for many more years on TBS, KTLA and WGN. Some of Jennie’s other television credits include The Nanny, Family Matters, Beverly Hills 90210 and Oliver Stone’s miniseries “Wild Palms.”
She was privileged to work on the film “Trojan War” with fellow teen actors Jennifer Love Hewitt, Danny Masterson, and Will Fridel of “Boy Meets World” amongst many other talented young actors.
Jennie was also a pioneer in the world of webisodes. She was a series regular on “Fear of a Punk Planet” created by Joe Escalante of “The Vandals,” which aired on Digital Entertainment Network and then to DVD distribution. She then returned to the stage again. For two years, Jennie traveled with “Faces of America,” a one-person show regarding diversity and tolerance in America. She was an original cast member of “Bare, the Musical” and had a short stint in “Jewtopia.” Both shows have since moved on to off-Broadway. Jennie has also been fortunate enough to ride the magic carpet, performing as “Jasmine” in Disney’s Musical Spectacular, “Aladdin.”
Not being a stranger to the music world, Jennie was a proud member of Hollywood Record’s vocal group “Nobody’s Angel,” who earned their first gold record for performing two songs on the “Princess Diaries” soundtrack in 2002, and was a creator for the pilot, “Nobody’s Angel” for the television network ABC Family.
She lends her voice to the character “Suki” on Nickelodeon’s hit animated series “Avatar: The Last Air Bender,” as well as all video games for the series. To add to her Nickelodeon credit, Jennie played “Bit Girl” in the animated pilot “Dr. Dee and Bit Boy.” Jennie adds various voice-acting projects for Bang Zoom as well as many other video games.
Recently, Jennie toured the United States with the Broadway Tony Award Winning Musical, First National Tour of “Avenue Q,” getting the chance to play the role of “Christmas Eve.” As well as becoming a puppeteer and playing the role of “Mrs. T,” “Bears” and “Others.”