Jenna Russell becomes patron of JGH Academy of Theatre Arts

The legendary Jenna Russell, has been announced as a patron of JGH Academy of Theatre Arts in Canterbury, Kent.

Founded by theatre producer, Joseph Hodges, and casting director, Jay Gardner, in January 2021. JGH Academy of Theatre Arts brings an intensive full-time training academy to Canterbury, Kent, from September 2021, specialising in outstanding Musical Theatre training.

Pooling together their many years of performing arts experience from across the globe and unique set of contacts and relationships within the professional musical theatre industry, they will offer two courses (a two-year Sixth Form and a one-year Intensive) that allow their students to gain the knowledge, training and skills to audition for further performing arts training or prepare for a career in the arts.

Jenna Russell is an Olivier Award-Winning and Tony-Nominated actress and singer who’s inspirational stage career in the West End and on Broadway includes roles such as Dot in ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ (Tony Nomination, Winner of the Olivier-Award for Best Actress in a Musical), Samantha Lord in ‘High Society’ (Sheffield Crucible), Young Sally in ‘Follies’ (Shaftesbury Theatre, West End), Sarah Brown in ‘Guys and Dolls’ (Piccadilly Theatre, West End), The Bakers Wife in ‘Into the Woods’ (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Helen in ‘Fun Home’ (Young Vic), Mary in ‘Merry We Roll Along’ (Harold Pinter Theatre, West End), and Penelope Pennywise in ‘Urinetown’ (Apollo Theatre, West End).

She’s also had a vast and varied career in television to phenomenal acclaim with notable roles including playing Christine in the ITV Comedy ‘Home to Roost’, Maggie Lomax in ‘On the Up’ and most recently as Michelle Fowler in BBC One Soap-Opera ‘Eastenders’.

Each year, one very lucky Sixth Form student will be awarded the ‘Jenna Russell Scholarship’ for both years of their training with us and Jenna will be joining us from time to time for exciting workshops to share her invaluable knowledge and skills with our lucky students.

Applications are now open for their September 2021 intake for anyone aged 16 plus with a view to obtaining a career in the performing arts. The application and audition process is completely free of charge and can be accessed online at