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Jodi Jinks, guest director for 9 to 5 the musical.

JodiJodi Jinks is an accomplished, diversified teaching artist, and is proud to have been a member of Actors Equity Association for almost 25 years.  She has acted on Broadway, a National Tour, several theatres in the greater New York area, and in numerous regional theatres across the country.  In 2008 she founded a devised community engagement program called ArtsAloud which has developed theatre performance in shelters, recovery centers, jails, and prisons across three states. She was fortunate to present a TEDx Talk about this passion entitled Theatre Behind Bars and received the Oklahoma State University College of Arts & Sciences Community Engagement Award in 2016.  In addition to the shows she has directed in the ArtsAloud Applied Arts venues, Ms. Jinks has also directed numerous plays on university campuses and has most recently directed a devised piece entitled Embrace with Des Moines’ multi-cultural Gateway Dance Theatre. In May of 2019 she is scheduled to direct Gruesome Playground Injuries at Iowa Stage Company Theatre.



Tanisha Lynn Pyron, guest director for For Colored Girls…
Tanisha ACTRESS / COMMERCIAL MODEL/ CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHER/ VISUAL GRIOT/POET/ DIRECTOR/ PRODUCER / REVOLUTIONARY ARTIST and media entrepreneur currently working on launching PRETTY FIRE as a media brand. The young artist considers herself to be a modern day griot focusing on telling stories that redefine and re-appropriate "BLACK AMERICANA" highlighting and finding the beauty in the contradictions, pain and pride within "our stories" and thus hoping to discover and re-claim the beauty within her own. She has used her acting, poetry, dance and movement and now photography as modalities for making sure her creative vision and voice are seen, heard and felt. In her own words Tanisha expresses, "To me the art and the artist are one. As I seek to unlock and express what is contained in my own heart and to heal and celebrate my own beauty and spirit. The art will speak to who it needs to.  



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2080 Doudna Fine Arts Cntr.
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3121

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