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Jennifer Estlin has been involved in the entertainment business as an actress and producer since 1986.

Following her graduation from Northwestern University’s School of Speech in 1987, she traveled to Edinburgh Scotland with the production of André Gregory's Alice! directed by David Schwimmer. Afterward, she spent three months traveling all over Europe until deciding to settle for awhile in Paris, where she earned her living singing on the Parisian Metro for close to a year.

Upon returning to Chicago, Jennifer spent several years working in many of Chicago’s theatres including The Annoyance, Northlight, and The Body Politic. She toured for two years with Second City’s National Touring company and was a company member on a Second City resident stage prior to moving to New York in 1994. There, she continued her career by working in regional theatres around the country, Off-Broadway theatre, film, and television. She returned to Chicago in 2002 to become President, Executive Producer and owner of the Annoyance Theatre, and continues to work on film, television and stage.


Jennifer has appeared as recurring characters Judge Cohen on Proven Innocent  and Cathy Briscoe on NBC’s Law and Order,  and also in shows such as  Chicago PD, Empire, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Exit 57,  and in several national and regional commercials. Her film credits include Volcano, The Eyes, and the award winning short films A Million Miles Away,(Sundanceand The Cure (Slamdance).

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