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 fundraise 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; segments of the play were performed among the Arlington West Vets For Peace Iraq war memorial. Playwright E.M. Lewis invited Cindy to speak about this piece at the first installment of the War Plays Project: Writing about the war.
She regularly contributes to Dwarf+Giant and The Clyde Fitch Report. She has written for The Mary Sue, TCG NATIONAL CONFERENCE on AUDIENCE & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, Ms in the Biz, Bitter Lemons (now Better Lemons), LAFPI, ArtJob.org (Arts For LA), LA Stage Times, Atwater Village Now, The Inspired Classroom, Theatre @ Boston Court & The Comics Observer.
TEACHING/COACHING: Private and small business Coach: Acting, Career, Resume and Online Outreach; Cold Reading Workshops for SAG Conservatory at AFI 2008-2011, 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) is a Digital Strategist for Fortune 500 brands.
JANE WHITTY (Assistant Producer)
Jane has spent the last 10 years serving performing arts organizations in various capacities, focusing most recently on digital and social media marketing. Jane received her MA in Performing Arts Administration from NYU in the Spring of 2013. While working towards her degree, Jane held internships at Signature Theatre and Playwrights Realm and was Operations Assistant at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. She received a BFA in Design/Technical Theatre from Emerson College in Boston.
In her free time, Jane serves as the Marketing Manager for Studio 42 – whose mission to produce “unproducible” theater allows the company to challenge the limitations of what is possible in theater, through courage and creativity.
CAROLYN BLAIS (Intern and Swing) 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.