Gertrude Benjamin

Gertrude Benjamin

Biography

Gertrude Benjamin, a proud Meriam descendant with roots in Iama, Erub, Mer, and Hammond Islands, spent her formative years on the Atherton Tablelands before embarking on a journey to Brisbane in search of opportunities. In the vibrant performing arts scene of the city, she has flourished, lending her talents to singing, writing, workshops, and stage performances. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art (CAIA) at Griffith University, Gertrude continually expands her artistic horizons, participating in numerous exhibitions. Her recent role in Opera Queensland’s ‘Straight from the Straits’ marks her third theatrical endeavor, underscoring her versatility as an actor. Despite reaching her 50s, Gertrude remains fearless in the face of challenges, embodying a spirit of lifelong learning and aiming to inspire fellow elders to embrace new experiences through her own remarkable journey.

Current Performances

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Performance Straight from the Strait

PRESENTED BY OPERA QUEENSLAND, YUMPLA NERKEP FOUNDATION AND QUEENSLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, IN ASSOCIATION WITH BRISBANE FESTIVAL A Torres Strait Island Musical On 8 May 1968, a group of remarkable…

Straight from the Strait

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