Jennifer Rias, born and raised in sunny Oceanside, California, began dancing when she was just 3 years old. At the age of 6, her dance studio began producing musicals and she was lucky enough to be cast in their first production; Peter Pan. After her first few moments onstage as a lost boy, she was in love, and knew what she wanted, and had to do for the rest of her life!
She was lucky enough to grow up with the Moonlight Amphitheatre close by. It was an amazing professional theatre where she performed in over 25 musicals, and got the majority of her training and experience. She is still so thankful everyday to the directors and choreographers who gave her the opportunity, and for growing up in a community that truly encouraged the arts. She continued performing at several professional theaters in southern California, and after high school took a leap and moved to L.A.
L.A. was such a positive experience, allowed Jennifer to learn a ton and build up her resume immensely, working consistently for 2 years. It was then she got her equity card and decided to make the big move across the country to New York City.
Jennifer continues to perform and reside here in NYC, and while she is still attempting to get used to the snow here on the east coast, she is grateful and overjoyed to be able to do what she loves everyday. Jenn is currently in Rock of Ages on Broadway, and having the time of her life! Broadway/First National Tour credits include: Rock Of Ages (Dance Captain, as Regina/Justice), Spamalot, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (as Jolene). Other favorite credits include: Anita in West Side Story at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, The David Letterman Show, and performing on the Radio City Music Hall Stage as a World Famous Rockette!