"Jenna's creative, vibrant and considered contribution towards the delivery of our programs was inspiring. We look forward to ongoing collaboration with Jenna in development of future programs."
Katrina Torenbeek, Programming director, Queensland Music Festival, QLD
"Jenna did an excellent job of crafting a high class, quality performance with international, interstate and local artists. Jenna brings a wealth of talent and musical knowledge to this endeavour."
Drew Dymond, General Manager, Albany Entertainment Centre, WA
“Robertson made a significant contribution to supporting emerging singers and broadening the operatic repertoire for WA audiences”
"Having experienced first-hand the artistic quality and community outcomes she has previously achieved, I think Jenna is a gift to Australia's performance industry."
José Carbó, International Opera Singer
Scottish-Australian Jenna Robertson is an Arts Leader based in Queensland and working across Australia. Jenna continues a journey to diversify and deepen her practice and has a portfolio of projects in development for 2021 and beyond.
In 2020-2021 she is part of the Australia Council for the Arts Future Leaders cohort , one of 30 participants selected globally in the inaugural Beth Morrison Projects Producer Academy (Global leaders in contemporary opera, New York) and was elected to the board for national peak body Performing Arts Connections Australia.
Jenna is Creator & Performer for Spirit Orphan, an Australian chamber opera and dance work in response to 2019 bushfire and evacuation experiences in her community. From 2019-2021 she is Creative Producer of La traviata for Albany Entertainment Centre, WA bringing together international, interstate and local artists. Before COVID19 disrupted 2020, Jenna worked with Danielle Micich and Ghenoa Gela in a Force Majeure INCITE masterclass in dance theatre making.
In 2019, Jenna was an artist in Creative Development for Bleach* Festival and was Creative Producer of The Opera Gala for the 2019 Albany Arts Festival, a bespoke operatic gala combining international, interstate, local artists and community participation. As a successful applicant to the City of Gold Coast Producer Placement Program, Jenna worked in the Programming team for the 2019 Queensland Music Festival on Opera at Jimbour and with Festival Directors on outcome reporting. In 2017, Jenna completed the NIDA Open Directors Studio (Stage & Film) in Sydney.
In 2011, Jenna was a founding member of grassroots opera company, OperaBox, in Perth, WA. From 2014, in addition to Chairman of the Board and Producer positions, she took a leading role in the Artistic Directorship and growth of the company, solidifying OperaBox as “an innovative and professional contributor to the WA opera scene” (Noted, 2016). Through her programming leadership “Robertson made a significant contribution to broadening the operatic repertoire for WA audiences” (Limelight Magazine, 2017).
Jenna is also a chartered Chemical Engineer. Before choosing full-time work in the arts in 2016, she worked for a decade internationally in the resource sector where she developed her strength in leading people to deliver large and complex projects. Jenna won some of the most prestigious industry awards (CME Women in Resources Awards, Salters Institute Awards) and is a graduate of Chevron’s international Emerging Leaders Program. Jenna graduated from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh with an MEng in Chemical Engineering and received a Music Scholarship for the duration of her studies providing tuition and performance experience.
Notable Training Programs
2021 Australia Council for the Arts Future Leaders Program
2020 Producer Academy, Beth Morrison Projects, New York, USA (Global leaders in contemporary opera making and touring)
2020 Cultural Awareness & Truth Telling, The Wellbeing Connexion, Melbourne. 7 weeks immersive training in the history of colonisation of Australia and continued impacts on indigenous people through to today.
2019 Generate GC, Artist Labs. 2 x immersive labs with some of Australia' s most successful independent artists sharing their practice as part of the Generate GC program.
2017 Directors Studio (NIDA Open), National Institute for Dramatic Arts, Sydney.
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