Artist | Creative Producer
Scottish-Australian Jenna Robertson is an Artist and Creative Producer based in Queensland and working across Australia. As an artist and arts leader, Jenna continues a journey to diversify and grow her practice and has a portfolio of projects in development for 2020 and beyond.
In 2020 she is part of the Australia Council for the Arts Future Leaders cohort and is a Generate GC Artist, a bespoke 2 year program for exceptional early career artists to develop new, site-specific works. Generate GC is a City of Gold Coast initiative delivered in partnership with the internationally acclaimed Salamanca Arts Centre program SITUATE - Art in Festivals. Jenna's research & development period for her new work through Generate GC is from March - August. She is Creative Producer of La traviata for the 10th anniversary Season of the Albany Entertainment Centre, WA bringing together international, interstate and local artists. In March, Jenna worked with Danielle Micich and Ghenoa Gela in a Force Majeure INCITE masterclass in dance theatre making, and continues work in creative development with Placemakers* GC for Bleach* Festival 2020.
In 2019, Jenna was an artist in Creative Development of a new site-responsive operatic work for Bleach Festival 2020. For the 2019 Albany Arts Festival, she was Creative Producer of The Opera Gala, 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 the 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 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.