CINDY MARIE JENKINS (Playwright & Project Director) is a Storyteller and Coach based in Los Angeles. Her adaptation of VOICES FROM CHORNOBYL has been produced in different venues around Los Angeles since 2006 to build awareness and raise money for the residents and children of Chernobyl. She was invited to be a Key Note Speaker at “Remember Chernobyl,” an Annual Conference for UK & Irish Chernobyl Charities, where the Demo premiered and the VFC Anniversary Readings launched. The Demo is regularly screened around the world to both fund-raise and recruit host families for children in the affected zone. In 2009 her adaptation was read in numerous locations around Los Angeles by the original ensemble as well as new casts, including a co-presentation with Deaf West which began the process of translating the play into ASL. April 2011 presentations will include Stockton England, Los Angeles, Portland and Washington.
She collaborated with musician Stephen GC on THE SONG OF ISADORA, (former title: TEN), a musical challenging one’s individual worth in times of war; needtheater presented a workshop production in March 2008, and segments of the play were performed among the Arlington West Vets For Peace Iraq war memorial. E.M. Lewis invited Cindy to speak about this piece at the first installment of the War Plays Project: Writing about the war.
TEACHING/COACHING: Private and small business Coach: Acting, Career, Resume and Online Outreach; Cold Reading Workshops for SAG Conservatory at AFI since 2008, Co-teacher of Connect the Arts, a Social Media & Marketing Conference in Hollywood, Academy Teaching Associate and Artistic Associate for The Antaeus Company in North Hollywood, where she expanded both the Antaeus Academy for young classical actors and ShakesAlive! the Arts Education Outreach programs; Director of Education for Enrichment Works (teaching writing & theater workshops for young people as well as Professional Development sessions for LAUSD Teachers, writing study guides according to VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts Standards); Mentor/Director for Virginia Avenue Project, Program Director & Writing/Theater Instructor for Safe Moves: DUI Prevention Theater Program and CTG‘s Speak To Me Program; Tutor of English and Social Studies; Co-Creator & Director of Bedford Drama Camp and Self-Scripting Workshop; Teaching Assistant with America Reads in New York City, 1998-2000.
Previous community art installations/interactions have been shown at Summer Nights on the Boulevard, The Barnsdall Gallery, The Courtyard Gallery, the Silver Lake Jubilee and the Children’s Festival of the Arts in Hollywood. Cindy is now exploring Shakespeare Everywhere, interactive guerrilla/street theatre to engage and activate her community; she also dreams of art integration in education.CURRENT: Chair of Outreach & Representative-at-Large on The Atwater Village Neighborhood Council, Arts Consultant for Stephen Box for Council District 4 campaign, Associate Artist for The Indy Convergence, Associate Producer & PR for the Directors Lab West,
CATHERINE MACKINNON’s award-winning film “I’m Not From Hear” was
shown at 20 different film festivals. (2003) She worked in many productions including short films, television, documentaries and feature films, as a producer, co-producer, production coordinator, consultant and director. As a performer, Catherine participated in Vagina Monologues, with Vanessa Vaughan, Rachel McAdams and Shirley Douglas as well as provided atmospheric vocals in a feature film “Silent Hill” starring Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, and Jodelle Ferland.
Her recent acting gig was in a comedy-improv show “Kenny vs Spenny”, Showcase/Bravo. She also performed with the ensemble, “Voices of Chornobyl”, a Co production of Deaf West Theatre and Anataeus Theater. Catherine is a co-founder and a Festival Director of Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival. She’s a Co-Producer of ‘HAMILL” an indie feature length film,” and produced short films, “At What Price” (2009) and “Robbed”, “Transients”, etc (2010) Catherine graduated from Ryerson University School of Image Arts with a BFA in Film Studies.
RACHEL STOLL (Co-Producer)
I’m a theater producer in the Los Angeles area mostly by accident. I produced my first show at the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2010 and currently have projects lined up through May 2011. I also do social media marketing and consulting. Thanks to Twitter and other online social networks, I’ve been able to make connections and build relationships. Without social media I’d be lost.
Feel free to connect with me whichever way works best for you:
JANE WHITTY: Originally from the east coast, Jane moved to Los Angeles in 2006 after receiving her BFA from Emerson College in Boston. At Emerson she majored in Design / Technical Theatre focusing on Scenic and Property Design. In Boston, Jane has served as Scenic Designer for the east coast premier of A Long Bridge Over Deep Waters and Assistant Scenic Designer for the 2006 Evvy Awards, among other work with Emerson College. Since moving to Los Angeles, Jane has shifted focus to Arts Administration and art in general, while maintaining a day job. Jane spends her free time blogging, exploring the city and participating in art she believes in.
CAROLYN BLAIS is originally from Boston, MA and has been living in LA for about a year and a half. Sometimes actor,
sometimes journalist, always theatre enthusiast, Carolyn is glad to be part of the VFC team.