Dr. Jennifer Cresswell is a soprano, librettist, educator, and author with a passion for curating and creating art through a 21st-century lens.
As a performer, recent highlights include appearances as Cherubino in Ragnar Kjartansson’s 12-hour marathon piece, Bliss, with Detroit Opera; the Social Worker and News Reporter in X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X; and Olivia in Minnesota Opera’s filmed production of Kamala Sankaram’s INTERSTATE, for which she also served as co-librettist with her co-star, Kathleen Kelly. Other notable roles in recent years include Magda Sorel in The Consul, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Charlotte in Before Breakfast, Hannah After in As One, and Der Trommler in Der Kaiser von Atlantis.
Dr. Cresswell is co-founder of GDQ Arts, a nonprofit arts organization focused on elevating women’s stories through spoken and sung theatre. As an author, Dr. Cresswell has been published in Classical Singer, The Middleclass Artist, and An Injustice! Her poetry has been featured in Vexations in Time, a durational performance art piece performed in Times Square, New York City. Dr. Cresswell is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she was named a Rackham Presidential Fellow and a recognized Scholar by the Center for the Education of Women.