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Janine DiVita

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As the Director of Theatrical Prevention Education, Janine DiVita has led Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention workshops at various Army bases such as Fort Campbell, Fort Bragg, Fort Carson, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  

Aligning the Army’s Core Values with personal responsibility; lessons in situational improvisation, character development, communication, bystander intervention and consent are taught to deliver an interactive narrative with objectives to inspire, influence, and help strengthen social awareness about ending sexual harassment and assault.

DiVita has staged original group and individual theatrical and improvisational performances for close to a decade. Her method focuses on the importance of storytelling and taking action, professionalism, preparedness, personal courage, authenticity, communication, listening to instincts.  She delivers emotionally powerful messages to audiences and participants alike and uses dramatic skills to educate and motivate people to bring about positive change through practice of prevention education.

Janine DiVita is a critically acclaimed stage and screen actress, singer, and dancer. On Broadway, Janine has been seen as Rizzo in the latest revival of "Grease" directed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall, "Anything Goes" (Reno cover) directed once again by Kathleen Marshall, and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood (sole cover for Edwin Drood and Rosa Bud) directed by Tony Award winner Scott Ellis.  Janine also played Elizabeth (role created by Madeline Kahn in the film and Megan Mullalley in the stage adaptation) in the 1st National Tour of Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" directed by Tony Award winner, Susan Stroman. She most recently toured the country with Idina Menzel in “If/Then” as the principle role of Anne.

Off-Broadway/NYC includes: Pearl Kantrowitz (Diane Lane role) in the stage adaptation of film "A Walk on The Moon" directed by Michael Greif (New York Stage and Film), Hannie in "Roadside" (York Theatre), Bess Houdini in "Houdini" directed by Gabrielle Barre (workshop), Morgan Le Fey in "Excalibur" directed by Glimmerglass Opera artistic director, Francesca Zambello (workshop).

Regionally, Janine has starred in roles at Tony Award winning regional theaters.  These roles include Nancy in "Oliver!" at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA directed by Milwaukee Repertory Theatre Artistic Director, Marc Clements (Janine was nominated for a Barrymore Award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical), Eva Peron in "Evita" at the John Engeman Theatre in Northport, Long Island NY directed by Igor Goldman, Young Little Edie Beale in "Grey Gardens" at Portland Center Stage in Portland Oregon directed by artistic director, Chris Coleman, Lady of the Lake in Monty Python's stage adaptation of "Spamalot" at Theatre under the Stars in Houston, Texas directed by Marc Robin, Terri in "Sophisticated Ladies" starring Maurice Hines at Arena Stage in Washington, DC directed by Charles Randolph Wright, Rosie Alvarez in "Bye Bye Birdie" at Sacramento Music Circus directed by Glenn Casale, and the world premiere of original musical “National Pastime,” directed by Hunter Foster at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Janine's concert work spans the globe: Broadway Rox (national and international tours), Edmonton Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Foxwoods Casino, Casino Rama (Canada), Lincoln Center, Canal Room, and 54 Below in which Janine premiered her solo "Blonde Ammunition" show to sold out crowds.

Janine's commercial work includes print, V/O, on-camera work for Mercedes Benz, Brother Sewing, Cannon, Magic Touch Razors, and Hana Green Tea.

On-screen Janine can be seen in Irish Tenor, Paul Byrom's "This is the Moment" PBS special (directed by Brent Carpenter)l in which Janine is a guest artist singing the iconic duet "Somewhere" from Tony Award Winning Broadway Musical, "West Side Story" and  also in feature film "The Choir," directed by Francois Gerard,  in which Janine plays the supporting role of Sally opposite Josh Lucas and Dustin Hoffman. Other television work includes “Elementary,” “The Americans,” and “The Colbert Show.”

Janine graduated with honors and a dual degree in Musical Theater and Communications Studies from the University of Michigan where she was also involved in several programs and initiatives implemented to fight violence against women and prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault. Her Communications Studies’ focused on the social implications of mass media; both on the individual and the collective identities within society. Theatrical platforms served as the emphasis, specifically the portrayals of women in the 20th century and early 21st century. Also, while at the University of Michigan, Divita served as a news reporter, writer, and anchor for WolvTV, was an active member of Alpha Phi Sorority, and served as secretary for the Michigan Association of Communication Studies.

Janine DiVita is a passionate activist, educator, and writer.  She earned the title of Global Citizen Ambassador for her involvement with the CARE organization - a humanitarian organization in which DiVita’s efforts focused on eliminating violence against women and supporting educational opportunities for women. DiVita has also worked with the USO; an organization dedicated to supporting America’s Service Members, and with the Miss America Organization in which she coached the talent portion for contestants. DiVita is also an influencer for OnMogul: a news sharing platform for women, worldwide.

Janine is working on a feature film screenplay with a production company in NYC,  and produces performance benefits and fundraisers that support youth programs.  Janine resides in Manhattan. 

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