"There is no one like Jenn on the scene
or anywhere. She blends folk-rock with Broadway,
Cabaret, and comedy. When someone can pull
this off and succeeds on all levels, look out!!"
- Gabriel Levitt, Jezebel Music
JennHartmannLuck is a featured performer and presenter at SXSW EDU 2022 and will be screening the World Premiere of her new music video for the song “Kids Can Save Animals (feat. Kate Gilman Williams)” at SXSW! It’s going to be a fun spring!
Jenn is a singer, songwriter, performer, arts educator, producer, and an accomplished creator/composer of new musical theatre. Notably, she is composer and co-lyricist of Gretel! The Musical, co-written with award-winning playwright Suzan Zeder, cellist Nora Karakousoglou, and story creator Jason Tremblay. Gretel! premiered at Austin’s Paramount Theatre in 2019, was produced by First Stage Milwaukee in 2020, and is available for licensing through Dramatic Publishing.
In addition, Jenn is also the composer and co-lyricist, along with Zeder, of the new musical The Battlefields of Clara Barton, currently in development with the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University. A concert performance of this new work was produced by Austin Playhouse in July 2021 and presented, Stateside at the Paramount. Luck and Zeder additionally received a Kennedy Center commission in 2020 for their short piece The New Next-door Neighbor.
Jenn is also working on a new musical for young audiences with playwright Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, in partnership with the Magik Theatre in San Antonio. The musical, Keys (working title), is also being developed this summer at NYU in the New Plays for Young Audiences Workshop.
When she is not writing musical theatre, she is working closely with young people, teaching songwriting workshops, and writing lots and lots of songs. She launched her new record label, Lucky Hart Records, with The Raise Your Voices Project! In November 2021 she released her new album: Raise Your Voices (Songs Celebrating the Kids Who Are Changing the World.) This 11-track, album of original material, which she produced, wrote, and performs on, features songs inspired by young people from across the country who are making the world a better place.
Jenn most recently served as Director of Partnerships and Programming for Education at the Paramount Theatre in Austin for over a decade, booking and presenting live performing arts for young audiences. She was also on the Board of the International Association for Performing Arts for Youth and is a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a BA in Theatre from Arizona State University and an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from The University of Texas at Austin.
Jenn’s credits also include her solo albums (as Jenn Hartmann) I Admit – 2002 and Silly urban Girl - 2006, her one-woman show Not a Chorus Girl, singing the National Anthem for President Obama in 2014, and adapting children’s stories into songs with the Paramount Story Wranglers.
Jenn lives in Austin with her husband and her children, Lucy & Wyatt.