Jena Viemeister

Classically trained singer and actor, Jena Viemeister has performed a range of mediums, from opera & musical theater to movement theater, wielding a 14 ft horse puppet under the instruction of puppet designer, Michael Curry (best known for his work on Broadway’s Lion King). Her ability to transcend genre has led to roles such as Little Red Riding Hood in Opera in the Ozark’s Into The Woods, Lapak the Dog in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen (performed in it’s native Czech language), Lucretia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and Emma Jones in Kurt Weil’s Street Scene, to name a few.
Jena is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory with her MM in Opera Performance and Portland State University with her BM in Voice. During her time in Boston, she studied voice with Dr. Rebecca Folsom, worked with notable directors Johnathon Pape and Nathan Troup, and completed a year long acting sequence with John Kuntz. Additoinally, prior to her studies in Boston, Jena had the extreme pleasure of completing Devon Allen’s Advanced Acting Series and the late Carolyn Holzman’s movement class at Portland State.
This summer, Jena has the extreme pleasure of performing with Experience Theater Project’s “Comedy of Errors”, directed by Brenda Hubbard in the role of “Angela”. Since returning from Boston, Jena’s performed with companies such as Portland Opera, Opera Theater Oregon, Opera On Tap, as well as her own creation, Divergent Opera. Through Divergent Opera, she’s collaborated with the Disability Arts and Culture Project to produce several accessible semi-staged recitals and her most recent short film, “Eve Song Project”, funded by a grant from the Chicago Academy of the Arts.
As a child, Jena enjoyed competing in pageants, was cast in MGM’s Sky Screamer Commercial, was a competitive gymnast, and an Oregon state winning competitive cheerleader. The one thing that gymnastics and cheerleading taught her, was to never limit one’s abilities. She attributes much of her “can-do” attitude to her gymnastics coach, who would threatened extra pushups to anyone who said “can’t”. This mindset has allowed her to enjoy excelling at many art-forms always pushing herself to expand her physical, mental, and artistic abilities.

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