jenna coker-jones

Actress. Singer. Comedic "Firecracker". Crazypants.

the story

early life.

Jennifer Coker grew up in Virginia Beach, VA as an only child. Needless to say, entertaining herself was a big part of her childhood. Her (now not so hidden) secret was that she spent the early years of her life heavily involved in baton twirling competitions. Sometimes clocking in 5-7 hours of practice a day, bruises, and knocking out her front two baby teeth, she finally nailed her first 1-spin. (where you throw the baton up and turn 1 time and catch) By the age of 9 she was already at the Advanced Level and racking up National titles (from The National Baton Twirling Association) along the way.

In the 4th Grade, she auditioned for her local theatre's production of The Sound of Music. She ended up landing the role of Marta, and from then on the baton got picked up less and less. She had her eyes set on New York City.

She became a pro-theatre kid at the age of 12, and spent summers traveling with her Dad (& Mom) to whatever city her Dad was working in on business. On these long extended trips, Jenna got acquainted with living life out of a hotel room and frequented karaoke bars until late into the evening. At 13, she even won the Jacuzzi honeymoon suite in a sing-off karaoke competition at the hotel they happened to be staying in.

Jenna never does anything "normal" or "with the crowd". But if she knew one thing from a very young age... it was that she was meant to entertain. Whether on stage, film, at festivals, the shower, or to her biggest fans... her imaginary friends. *there were 3 of them... curvy & servy (twins obviously) & clocky. #don'tjudge

cliff notes.
She graduated High School in 3 years, (Governor's School for the Arts) was literally dropped off in NYC at 18 with $500 in her pocket, booked some fabulous gigs, tried a semester of College - not for her; worked her tail off, laid down recordings, big budget national tours, booked a huge series of commercial's - they never aired (it's all good!) shot some fun stuff in NYC, rocked out Disney Princess's doing some pretty bad things on "the youtube", performed with Whoopi Goldberg, off-Broadway shows, became a zombie, traveled all over the United States, met an incredible man, married him, performed on The View, voiced the super popular VIRGIN AMERICA in-flight video, popped out a baby, helped plant a church, created a boutique couture accessories line,  met some pretty amazing people, sung for The Obama's and the list goes on. 

Jenna is also a certified Holistic Health Coach, AADP member & Personal Trainer.  With her husband Christopher Kale Jones, they own health company, Jonesin' for Life and theatre company, MidCoast Theatre Company  They also produce a  webseries called The Casting Couch with Chris and Jenna.

After spending a bulk of her career in NYC & LA, Jenna relocated to Chicago as a happy medium between the two coasts.   Literally.   Chicago (the "middle coast") is her homebase but she LOVES to travel--- eyes set on television, comedic film, stage & brand new works she is ecstatic to be in Chicago in such an incredible arts community.

As well as the entertainment world…. Jenna & Chris lead the Artists Health Collective & are currently the Kids Pastors & City Kids Creative Directors at City Church Chicago.

Jenna, husband Chris, & "mini-crazypants", Presley Rose reside in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago with their old man Boston Terrier, Rocket and Chiweenie, Nacho.

"Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think"