Jonathan Renna was born in Ottawa, Ontario and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1997, leaving in 2000 to dance with Northern Ballet Theatre in England and Alberta Ballet. Mr. Renna re-joined the National Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to Principal Character Artist in 2015.
“Jonnathan Renna’s Act II Petrouchka was so heartbreaking… the personification of Nijinsky’s inner distress and helplessness.
Recently, Mr. Renna debuted in the role of Geppetto in Pinocchio. Mr. Renna’s includes Uncle Nikolai in The Nutcracker, Mercutio and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Rothbart in Swan Lake, Don José in Carmen, Hilarion in Giselle, Petruschka in Nijinsky, Prince Gremin in Onegin and Antigonus in The Winter’s Tale. His repertoire also includes roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Seagull, Manon, A Month in the Country, Hamlet, West Side Story Suite, Chroma, Russian Seasons, The Man in Black, Pur ti Miro, Cinderella, The Concert and Emergence.
Mr. Renna is an instructor at both the National Ballet’s Summer Dance Intensive and In Studio, the National Ballet’s recreational dance school for all ages and levels.
Born: Ottawa, Ontario
Trained: Canada’s National Ballet School
Joined: 1997 (Rejoined: 2007)
Principal Character Artist since: 2015
“Greta Hodgkinson and Jonathan Renna stood out in their pas de deux to The Hardest Button to Button. Beyond their technical brilliance, they made their steps interesting.”
“Jonathan Renna as Escamillo is costumed like a bull including grey skin and head horns. He represents, presumably, carnal lust and the male testosterone archetype, and is given suitable animalistic movement and a brutal coupling with Carmen.”
— The Globe and Mail
"As Prince Gremin, Jonathan Renna was a picture of dutiful love.”