Jessica Renfro

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Jessica makes participatory art using media such as music, narration, poetry, and animation. Her pieces are playful, immersive social simulations that use the concept of ‘the collective’ to build new worlds. 

Formerly an opera and oratorio singer, Jessica performed as a soloist in venues like Maggio Musicale, Carnegie Hall, Baltimore Sympohony, and Richmond Symphony. More recently, she created and directed several multimedia productions, including Lost in the Woods (2017), Sea to Shining Sea Radio Hour (2017), Evil Ever After (2019), Dream City (2020), and We Called It Earth (2021), which have been performed a festivals and universities in the US and Europe.

Jessica holds a Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera Performance from the Peabody Conservatory. In 2021, Jessica will also receive a Master’s in Performance Practices from ArtEZ University in The Netherlands. Her research into participatory art has been published and presented in the APRIA journal (2020) and the Politics of the Machines conference (2021). More information and upcoming performances of her work can be found on her website: www.jessicarenfro.com