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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.






PeggyRae Johnson, guest director for MR. MARMALADE.

PeggyRae JohnsonPeggyRae Johnson is the Founding Artistic Director of The Monticello Theatre Association, a regional theatre group in Illinois which started rehearsals in her garage and after 8 years moved into their own building where they enjoyed a twenty-eight year run.  Still a freelance actor and director with more than 300 theatre and television productions, voice-overs, commercials, and industrials to her credit, PeggyRae’s current professional memberships include SAG-AFTRA, and VASTA.

She received her undergraduate degree in Theatre/Speech, English, and Education from Eastern Illinois University, and her Master’s in Theatre at the University of Illinois, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.  PeggyRae studied acting with David Knight of the BBC and Voice and Diction with Cicely Berry of the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Additional training includes Acting for the Camera, Michael Chekhov Master Classes, Alexander Technique, Lessac, Linklater, and Fitzmaurice voice workshops, and a Director’s Colloquium with Arvin Brown and Andrei Serban.   

For thirty years, PeggyRae had the privilege of serving on the Executive Board of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival; for ten of those years, she chaired the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships in Region I, for ten years she mentored the Respondent Training program, and she served as Associate Chair of the region for three years.  She was awarded the Kennedy Center Medallion three times, received a Kennedy Center National Acting Fellowship, and was similarly honored by the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild with a Lifetime Member Award for service and leadership in theatre.  The former Director of Theatre Education at the University of New Hampshire, PeggyRae currently teaches and directs in academia and regional theatres throughout New England.


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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Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3121

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