Jemma grew up on the Central Coast of NSW, and it was here during her early childhood that her love for performing and entertaining was nurtured. At 21 she moved to Melbourne to follow her dream of becoming a musical theatre performer.
Jemma Rix’ first contract was with Universal Studios Japan moving to Osaka, where she was initially cast as the Bride of Frankenstein in the Monster Rock and Roll Show. She was then cast as Elphaba in a world first staged adaptation of Wicked, where she was privileged to meet and perform for the creative team of Wicked; Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman and Mark Platt. This role was especially unique since Jemma was required to perform parts of the show in Japanese.
Back in Australia, Jemma Rix was thrilled to be part of the 2008 Australian premiere ofWicked in Melbourne, where she was cast as Standby and Performed the Role of Elphaba. In Sydney in 2010, she was honored to take over the role. Jemma continued playing Elphaba for the Australian tour of Wicked throughout 2011 and then continued the journey with the Australian cast performing in Singapore and Seoul in 2012, belting out an amazing 800 shows from all these venues combined.
Jemma Rix has performed in numerous live and television concerts including 2008 Carols by Candlelight, Melbourne’s Federation Square and Town Hall, 2009 Australian Ethnic Business Awards, 2009 QANTAS Business Awards, AFL pre-match entertainment performances, the ANZ Rob Guest Endowment Fund Concert, the Kerri-Anne Kennerley morning TV show, Sydney’s Carols In The Domain 2009, the 2010 Telethon, the 2010 Carols by Candlelight, 2011 Brisbane International Men’s Tennis Final.
In 2011, Jemma Rix was nominated for a Helpmann Award for “Best Leading Actress in a Musical” for her portrayal as Elphaba in Wicked.
Jemma is very excited to be performing Elphaba in Australia and she would like to take this opportunity to thank her family, friends and husband Josh for their continued support and love.