Janine DiVita - Del Bello, ‘03

divitaJanine DiVita is a Broadway and screen actress and singer, concert artist, advocate, entrepreneur, producer, director, teacher, and writer who finds inspiration in storytelling, creativity, ambition, and fun.

 

Her Broadway credits include starring as “bad girl” Rizzo in Grease, (directed by Kathleen Marshall), tap dancing up a storm in Anything Goes (directed by Kathleen Marshall), and solving Dickensian crimes in the murder-mystery comedy The Mystery of Edwin Drood (directed by Scott Ellis). 

 

If her Broadway credits weren’t versatile enough, Janine has also toured the country in the Diane Paulus directed First National Tour of Finding Neverland in which Janine played Mary Barrie, the fabulous but lonely society woman married to J.M. Barrie. She also toured as the precious and dramatic broad, Elizabeth Benning, in Mel Brooks’ First National Tour of Young Frankenstein directed by Susan Stroman. (The role of Elizabeth was created by icon, Madeline Kahn, in the original film and then recreated by Megan Mullally in the stage version).

It was during the run of Young Frankenstein that Mel Brooks himself gave Janine a shout out in an interview telling the interviewer that Janine DiVita “blows the roof off when she sings!” He was even so kind as to spell out Janine’s often misspelled Italian last name! 

Janine has also toured the country with Frozen’s Idina Menzel in If/Then (directed by Michael Greif) in which Janine played Ann opposite Tony Award Winner, La Chanze.

Janine has performed iconic and leading roles at Tony Award Winning theatres such as The Arena Stage, The Alliance Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, The Signature Theatre, Portland Center Stage, and Theatre Raleigh.   These roles include Nancy in Oliver!, Young Little Edie in Grey Gardens, Paquette in Candide, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, and Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County.


Janine co-founded Empowered Voices, a company that combines dynamic theatrical practices with traditional prevention education tactics to combat and prevent Sexual Assault within the U.S. Military and beyond.  The company is currently expanding their unique curriculum into the digital realm.

Janine also serves as the Director of the USO Show Troupe.  In this role, Janine mentors and coaches 40 professional performers and produces and directs over 200 live performances each year. In 2020, with the halt on live performance due to Covid-19,  she spearheaded the Show Troupe Virtual Programming initiative with a successful pilot in the USO Pacific (Korea, Japan, Guam, Hawaii). As of 2021, this virtual programming is now available worldwide.

Janine has also co-written a family-driven romantic comedy titled Sister Before Misters which is currently in development with Dolphin EntertainmentBack to the Future’s Lea Thompson is attached to direct. 

Janine’s album, produced by Matthew James Thomas and Irwin Menken, is currently in the works.

Janine is West Virginia born and Kansas City raised.  She resides in New York City with her husband, Richard Del Bello, and adorable pup, Hagan