Kimiko Elizabeth Glenn
June 27, 1989
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
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.
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. Glenn began acting at the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix and several other local theaters, when she was in fifth grade.
She was educated at Desert Vista High School and the Interlochen Arts Academy boarding school in Interlochen, Michigan. 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.
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, for which she has received Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Glenn played the supporting role of Liv Kurosawa in the drama-thriller film Nerve (2016), directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman 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.
|Galaxy Comics||Tina||Short film|
|Hair Brained||Perky Girl|
|Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse||Peni Parker||Voice|
|2019||Can You Keep a Secret?||Gemma|
|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)
|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|
|2014||"I Wanna Get Better"||Bleachers|
|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|
- 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.
- Langel, Kerry (June 19, 2014). "Arizona actor Kimiko Glenn in 'Orange Is the New Black'". The Arizona Republic.
- Gales, Arselia (April 11, 2012). "Ahwatukee native kicks off premiere of Valley Youth Theatre musical". Ahwatukee Foothills News.
- "OITNB returns: Attitude meets Laura Prepon & Kimiko Glenn". Attitude. June 15, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
- Wei, Christine (October 7, 2014). "Litchfield Lessons: OITNB's Kimiko Glenn On What She's Learned From Brook Soso". Mochi. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
- Andreeva, Nellie (August 21, 2013). "'Sleepy Hollow', 'We Are Men', 'Tomorrow People' & 'Orange' Add Recurring". Deadline Hollywood.
- Hope, Clover (June 13, 2014). "Orange Is the New Black's Kimiko Glenn Talks Brook Soso". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
- Pedersen, Erik; N'Duka, Amanda (April 17, 2015). "'Married's Kimiko Glenn Joins 'Nerve'; Kino Lorber Acquires 'Gueros'". Deadline Hollywood.
- Cox, Gordon (January 12, 2016). "'Waitress' Musical Adds Kimiko Glenn of 'Orange is the New Black'". Variety.