Voices From Chornobyl began in 2005 when Cindy was looking for a new project and her colleague Nina Soukasian handed her the book of interviews by now Nobel Winner Svetlana Alexievich. Nina had seen an actress perform the opening, A Single Solitary Human Voice, as a monologue to protest nuclear power in Europe. Once Cindy read the book of interviews, however, she heard them as a chorus, an ensemble of experience who could together tell the many stories hidden in the Exclusion Zone and surrounding cities.
Her awareness piece Voices From Chornobyl has been presented in both the US (2006-2011) and the UK to raise money and knowledge of the nuclear accident (inspired by Svetlana Alexievich‘s interviews). In 2007, Cindy was invited to be the Key Note Speaker at the UK Remember Chernobyl Conference in Manchester, England, where she premiered the demo and offered copies to Chernobyl charities to raise funds. Voices From Chornobyl Jr. premiered and won Best of 2011 Fringe. In April 2016, she’ll tweet the entire script to raise awareness of the 30th anniversary @VoicesChornobyl.
Her short play Dragon Compact premiered as part of Moving Arts’ The Car Plays LA, Radar LA International Festival. She’s performed as a Storyteller in the Hollywood Fringe Festival tent, Santa Monica Rep’s 2011 Brecht Gala and Electric Lodge’s max10 series. She is currently finishing two works in progress, which you can learn about at Blue Dragon Scribe Shoppe.
Cindy regularly contributes to Ms in the Biz and has written for TCG NATIONAL CONFERENCE on AUDIENCE & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT,Bitter Lemons, LAFPI, ArtJob.org (Arts For LA), LA Stage Times, Atwater Village Now, The Inspired Classroom, Theatre @ Boston Court & The Comics Observer.
She served as Communications Director for 24th STreet Theatre (2012-2015), where she formalized Community building initiatives into all aspects of their Communications, including social media, internal policies and brand awareness.
Cindy was a 2013-14 Center Theatre Group Teaching Artist for the Online Content Student Ambassadors, facilitated a 6-month NEA Digital Collaborative through Theatre Bay Area & LA Stage Alliance and also served on the Steering Committee of Directors Lab West (2010-2014). In 2014 she created, curated and hosted The Lemon Lounge, an online arts show dedicated to matchmaking Los Angeles folks with live art they would enjoy. She was one of the arts advocates who created the #LAthtr hashtag in 2010 in an attempt to unify the Los Angeles theatre scene.
She curated arts shows on You Tube, live broadcasts experimenting with how G+ and YouTube develop audiences. Cindy was a regular guest on The Crowd Crowd podcast, weekly at Turnstyle News (an NPR affiliate), co-hosts Web Series Watch (on hiatus), where she reviews web series and interview Creators and Innovators. She has been a guest on LaLaLand Talk, In the Room, Angry Patrons, Bitter Lemons, Live & Digital Spill.
Previous community art installations/interactions shown at the 1st Annual Atwater Art Walk, Summer Nights on the Boulevard, The Barnsdall Gallery, The Courtyard Gallery, the Silver Lake Jubilee (2010 & 2011) and the Children’s Festival of the Arts in Hollywood.