CINDY MARIE JENKINS is a Storyteller based in Los Angeles. She was commissioned by the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council to create IMAGINE EAST HOLLYWOOD, a theatrical installation based on interviews collected for the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council; the IMAGINE INTERACTION was part of the ACTIONS, CONVERSATIONS & INTERSECTIONS exhibit at The Barnsdall Art Gallery (January-April 2010) and moved to The Courtyard Gallery in April, where it will be featured in the Los Feliz Art Walk & the inaugural Silverlake Jubilee. (email@example.com). This summer she directs a RADIOMAKING PLAY with the Virginia Avenue Project, serving as both a mentor and director for a teenage playwright. CURRENT: Associate Artist for The Indy Convergence, Associate Producer for the Directors Lab West Steering Committee, Contributor to the BITTER LEMONS blog and Guest Teacher at the SAG Conservatory. PAST: 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; Program Director for Safe Moves: DUI Prevention Theater Program and CTG's Speak To Me Program.
Her adaptation of VOICES FROM CHORNOBYL has been produced in different venues around Los Angeles since 2006 as part of the Anniversary Readings Series, an annual international event designed 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. See www.voicesfromchornobyl.com for more information. 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 (completion planned for 2011).
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. She was invited by E.M. Lewis to speak on a playwriting panel about this piece, the first installment of the War Plays Project.
Recent directing credits include: IMAGINE INTERACTION (Barnsdall Art Gallery & The Courtyard Gallery), THE AFTER-DINNER JOKE, a late-night capitalistic happening (A2, The Antaeus Academy), TWO OUT OF FIVE by Jonas Oppenheim, a sight-specific play (MOVEABLE PIECE)e, MACBETH RE-EX, a year-long workshop of Shakespeare's tragedy; STAGE DOOR, a workshop of the Kaufman & Ferber comedy (A2, The Antaeus Academy, MONSTERS IN MY CLOSET, a reading for the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute (EAST WEST PLAYERS), VOICES FROM CHORNOBYL: CHRONICLE OF THE FUTURE, BOY GETS GIRL by Rebecca Gilman (ATTIC THEATRE), Stephen Sondheim’s ASSASSINS with Sight Unseen, JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR by Kitty Felde for Towne Street Theatre, FOE PA:EPISODE 6 performed at the Fountain Theatre, & PHILOKTETES at the Open Fist Theatre. Cindy graduated from NYU’s Playwrights Horizons Theatre School and directed many works in New York, including MISSING SOMETHING by Stephen A. Fulchino, ANTIGONE & THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE by Brecht, and THE LAST HOUR by Donald Breckenridge.
She was the Assistant Director for MEDEA at the Antaeus Classics Fest 08, directed by Elizabeth Swain. Other dramaturgy includes LES BLANCS at Antaeus directed by Gregg Daniel, TROILUS & CRESSIDA at Antaeus ClassicsFest 08, NATURAL SELECTION with needtheater, JULIUS CAESAR, directed by Karesa McElheny at Knightsbridge Theatre, ANTONY & CLEOPATRA with Odyssey Theatre in Brooklyn, CAFE CANTANTES: LORCA’S POET IN NEW YORK and HAMLET, both directed by Karin Coonrod. New play development includes VENICE: the Musical by G.F. Mlely, plus NEOPTOLEMUS, MISSING SOMETHING & EVERYTHING & NOTHING by Stephen A. Fulchino. Assistant Directing includes: THE ROVER (Dir. Brendon Fox, Antaeus Academy Company), HAMLET (Dir. Karin Coonrod, CalShakes), CAFE CANTANTE: LORCA'S POET IN NEW YORK (Dir. Karin Coonrod, NYU) & STAGE DOOR (Dir. Emma Griffin, Salt Theater).
Cindy graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BA in Drama.