Kimiko Glenn

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Kimiko Glenn
Kimiko Elizabeth Glenn

(1989-06-27) June 27, 1989 (age 30)
EducationBoston Conservatory
Years active2008–present

Kimiko Elizabeth Glenn (born June 27, 1989) is an American actress, singer and Broadway performer known for portraying Brook Soso in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, for which she received three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She has also portrayed Dawn Pinket in the Broadway musical Waitress and also provided the voices of Ezor in Voltron: Legendary Defender, Lena De Spell in DuckTales and Peni Parker in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Personal life[edit]

Glenn was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona with her sister Amanda. Her mother, Sumiko, is Japanese and her father, Mark, is of Scottish, Irish and German descent.[1] Glenn began acting at the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix and several other local theaters, when she was in fifth grade.[2]

She was educated at Desert Vista High School and the Interlochen Arts Academy boarding school in Interlochen, Michigan.[3] She attended the Boston Conservatory for a year as a musical theatre major, but dropped out when she was cast in the touring company of Spring Awakening.[2]

Glenn is a pescatarian.[4][5]


During her freshman college year in 2008, Glenn was cast as Thea in the first U.S. national tour of Steven Sater's and Duncan Sheik's rock musical Spring Awakening. In 2013, she booked her breakthrough role as Litchfield Penitentiary inmate Brook Soso in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black,[6] for which she has received Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

In 2014, she appeared in the Lena Dunham-directed music video "I Wanna Get Better" for Jack Antonoff's solo project Bleachers.[7]

Glenn played the supporting role of Liv Kurosawa in the drama-thriller film Nerve (2016), directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman[8] and based on the young adult novel of the same name. In 2016 she was cast as Dawn Williams in the Broadway transfer production of Sara Bareilles's and Jessie Nelson's musical Waitress. Preview performances began on March 25, 2016 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, and the show officially opened on April 24.[9]

In 2018, Glenn began starring as Harlow in the comedy Web television series Liza on Demand, with Travis Coles and creator Liza Koshy.



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Nous York Saleswoman
Galaxy Comics Tina Short film
Hair Brained Perky Girl
2015 Construction Erin
2016 Nerve Liv Kurosawa
2018 Like Father Geena
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Peni Parker Voice
2019 Can You Keep a Secret? Gemma


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Holding Patterns Daisy Berger Unsold NBC pilot
2014 Submissions Only Katie Summers Episode: "Reason to Stay"
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Lily Deng Episode: "Thought Criminal"
Seriously Distracted Katie Episode: "Nightmare Client"
2014–19 Orange Is the New Black Brook Soso 45 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2014–2016)
2015 Married Miranda 4 episodes
Broad City Cashier Episode: "Kirk Steele"
2016–19 BoJack Horseman Stefani Stilton (voice) 8 episodes
2016 We Bare Bears Samantha (voice) Episode: "Fashion Bears"
High Maintenance Kimiko Episode: "Selfie"
2017 Sofia the First Cinder (voice) Episode: "The Royal Dragon"
2017–Present DuckTales Lena De Spell (voice) Recurring role
2017–18 Voltron: Legendary Defender General Ezor (voice) Recurring role
2018 Drunk History Maya Lin Episode: "Underdogs"
Summer Camp Island Margot 4 episodes
Ice Poseidon Show Herself 1 episode
Elena of Avalor Tomiko (voice) Episode: "Class Act"
The Guest Book Nikki Series regular (season 2)
2018–Present Liza on Demand Harlow Series regular
2019 Welcome to the Wayne Katherine-Alice (voice) 2 episodes
Carmen Sandiego Paperstar (voice) Episode: "The Chasing Paper Caper"
Catfish: The TV Show Herself Episode: "Matthew & Chance"
The Lion Guard Chuluun (voice), Lumba-Lumba (Singing voice) Episode: "Ghost of the Mountain", "Dragon Island"
Ghosting: The Spirit of Christmas Kara TV movie

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2014 "I Wanna Get Better" Bleachers


Year Title Role Location(s)
2008–2010 Spring Awakening Thea Various (national tour)
2010–2011 Freckleface Strawberry Emily New World Stages
2012 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Yoshimi Yasukawa La Jolla Playhouse
2013 Love's Labour's Lost Lady Maria Delacorte Theater
2016 Waitress Dawn Pinket Brooks Atkinson Theatre


  1. ^ Stern, Marlow (June 18, 2014). "Orange Is the New Black's Kimiko Glenn on Hippie Brook Soso and Chapel Sex with Natasha Lyonne". The Daily Beast.
  2. ^ a b Langel, Kerry (June 19, 2014). "Arizona actor Kimiko Glenn in 'Orange Is the New Black'". The Arizona Republic.
  3. ^ Gales, Arselia (April 11, 2012). "Ahwatukee native kicks off premiere of Valley Youth Theatre musical". Ahwatukee Foothills News.
  4. ^ "OITNB returns: Attitude meets Laura Prepon & Kimiko Glenn". Attitude. June 15, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  5. ^ Wei, Christine (October 7, 2014). "Litchfield Lessons: OITNB's Kimiko Glenn On What She's Learned From Brook Soso". Mochi. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 21, 2013). "'Sleepy Hollow', 'We Are Men', 'Tomorrow People' & 'Orange' Add Recurring". Deadline Hollywood.
  7. ^ Hope, Clover (June 13, 2014). "Orange Is the New Black's Kimiko Glenn Talks Brook Soso". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  8. ^ Pedersen, Erik; N'Duka, Amanda (April 17, 2015). "'Married's Kimiko Glenn Joins 'Nerve'; Kino Lorber Acquires 'Gueros'". Deadline Hollywood.
  9. ^ Cox, Gordon (January 12, 2016). "'Waitress' Musical Adds Kimiko Glenn of 'Orange is the New Black'". Variety.

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