Jenna K. Rodgers, theatre artist, Calgary
“On path to become a compelling force in Canadian theatre with her dedication to producing work for artists of colour.” 2018 Emerging Artist adjudicators
Jenna Rodgers is a mixed-race director and dramaturg based in Calgary. She is a graduate of the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and University of Tampere (Finland) Master of Arts – International Performance Research program (2010); and of the University of Alberta, Bachelor of Arts, Drama (2008). Jenna founded and is Artistic Director of Chromatic Theatre in Calgary – the only theatre company specifically dedicated to producing and developing work for artists of colour. She is known for her advocacy in arts equity; is an active member of the Theatre Arts Collective for Consent and Respect (TAC); a founding member of Calgary Congress for Equity and Diversity in the Arts; and Associate Dramaturg for the Playwrights Lab at the Banff Centre; Artistic Associate, Vertigo Theatre. She was a founding member of Calgary’s Theatre Arts Collective for Consent and Respect (TAC), and co-founder of the Calgary Congress for Equity and Diversity in the Arts (CCEDA). At Chromatic Theatre she is honing her knowledge about governance structures, policy-building, programming, curation, and the scope of running and nurturing a theatre company focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.