Jennifer Barnhart at UCONN in 1992
|Born||March 11, 1972|
Hamden, Connecticut, U.S.
|Law & Order: SVU, Johnny and the Sprites, Exposing the Order of the Serpentine|
In 1996, Barnhart began her puppeteer career performing on Once Upon a Tree performing Mara the Beaver and Mrs. Peeper the Owl. Barnhart made her Broadway debut in 2003 and is a featured performer in the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, in which she also appeared Off-Broadway. She was a regular puppeteer on the Nickelodeon series Oobi, playing Mrs. Johnson and various incidental characters. She also stars as Cleo on PBS's literacy education series, Between the Lions, and performed the puppetry for Kanga and Owl on Disney Channel's The Book of Pooh. Barnhart is a Sesame Street Muppet performer who took over the roles of Mama Bear in 2001 and Gladys the Cow in 2002.
She appeared on screen as a puppeteer on Law & Order: SVU in May 2006, episode "Web". In regional theatre, she played the angel in Angels in America (Gallery Players), and Olivia in Twelfth Night and Cassie in Rumors (Connecticut Repertory Theatre). In 2011 she appeared as the police officer Randy Osteen in Tracy Letts's new play "Superior Donuts" at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia. In 2010, she portrayed a Chicago Police Department Detective, Lorna Diamond, in the Law & Order: SVU episode, "Behave".
- Julie's Greenroom, 2017-2019
- The Chica Show, 2012-2014
- Law & Order: SVU, 2010
- Lomax the Hound of Music
- Johnny and the Sprites, 2007
- Law & Order: SVU, 2006
- Exposing the Order of the Serpentine, 2006
- Sesame Street, 2001–present
- Oobi, 2000–2005
- The Book of Pooh, 2001
- Between the Lions, 2000-2010
- Bear in the Big Blue House, 1997–1998
- Once Upon a Tree, 1996
- Playbill interview Archived 2011-06-05 at the Wayback Machine, September 10, 2004, retrieved on 2008-07-24
- IMDb, Jennifer Barnhart, retrieved on 2006-06-23
- "Jen's Biography". Sesame Street.
- "Endless Possibilities with Puppets". Department of Theatre. University of Utah. Archived from the original on 2014-01-31.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2002-06-27. Retrieved 2002-06-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Internet Broadway Database, Jennifer Barnhart, retrieved on 2006-08-08
- Avenue Q, cast, retrieved on 2008-07-24
- Zinman, Toby. "Superior Doughnuts: Worth a Dunk". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
- Jennifer Barnhart on Muppet Wiki
- Jennifer Barnhart on IMDb
- Jennifer Barnhart at the Internet Broadway Database
- Interview with Jennifer Barnhart at Playbill.com
| Performer of Mommy Snuffleupagus
2000s - present
| Performer of Gladys the Cow
2003 – present
| Performer of Mama Bear
2003 – present
| Performer of Zoe
2016 – present
| Performer of Goldilocks