Jenna brings diversity expertise to Calgary that is seriously comprehensive.
Having established her career through a stint at fu-GEN in Toronto, Jenna's understanding of diversity grew out of an arts hub where artists of colour are far more influential and thus at a far more complex stage in the advancement of diversity. In Calgary "diversity" is still firmly embedded in a form of Identity Politics that is only concerned with increased inclusion.
Being mentored in Toronto by renown artistic leaders like Nina Lee Aquino, Marjorie Chan, David Yee, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Yvette Nolan and so many others has given Jenna an expertise in grassroots, intersectional politics that are now well-proven to bring about far more equitable outcomes.
Jenna's intersectional competence is evident in the success of Chromatic Theatre, which she founded only two years ago – in additional to being the Associate Dramaturge for the Banff Centre's Playwrights' Colony, Lunchbox Theatre’s current RBC Emerging Director, a member of the Betty's Board, administrative staff to Antyx, and so on.
In just three short years, Jenna has successfully forged many solid relationships of trust and confidence with the "mainstream", which most diverse artists never come to know.