Welcome.

My name is Lindsay Jenkins, but I'm known to my friends and clients as L.J. Thank you for taking the time to visit my online portfolio. Below you will find information on the kind of work I do and examples and samples of work I've done in the past. Though I am happiest behind-the-scenes, I consider myself an artist. I believe in the power of storytelling to both name and claim a history, while simultaneously contributing to culture.

I am theatre kid through and through, so I thrive on creative collaboration. If you think I might be a good fit for your project, feel free to reach out via my Calendly and we'll set up a time to chat. 

You can also catch up with me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Look out for my articles on Medium.com and you can always find me at Maroon Arts & Culture.

In Solidarity, 

Lindsay A. Jenkins

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L.J. has nearly 20 years of experience working in collaborative environments that frequently require creative solutions in order to execute events that audiences love. She started producing theatre and live events, and recently extended her production career into audio and film.

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As an editor and reader, L.J. has experience working closely with both individuals and organizations on the development of original work. She has worked with playwrights, podcasters, screenwriters, academics and novelists. 

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L.J. has provided research support for clients across mediums. Specializing in Black Performance Heritage, L.J. is particularly passionate about connecting past performances to contemporary experiences. She is currently researching and writing about Afrocentricty and the Future of Dramaturgy. 

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For 5 years L.J. was a theatre teacher in the Dallas, TX area. Though no longer a full time classroom teacher, she continues to educate students of every age. From engaging young people in Los Angeles as a Teaching Artist, to guest speaking at universities, L.J. believes in empowering students to find their artistic point-of-view and tell their own stories. 

About
L.J.

Lindsay A. Jenkins (L.J.) is a dramaturg and creative producer based in Los Angeles by way of Dallas, TX. Like many artists, L.J. has performed a variety of roles over the years; however she considers her time as a Middle and High school theatre teacher as one of her most valuable experiences. Not only did it foster her passion for arts education and spark her interest in dramaturgy, she was inspired everyday by the curiosity and creativity of her students. L.J. is experienced in developing curriculum and training educators. Though no longer a full-time teacher, she still works as a Teaching Artist engaging both K-12 students and university students across the country.

 

L.J. holds a Master of Arts degree in Theatre from California State University, Northridge.  Her specific area of research is Black Performance Heritage, connecting past performances to contemporary experiences. Her original work includes Doing Time, an autoethnographic one-woman show that explores the relationship between Black women and law enforcement, connecting the historical practice of lynching to contemporary policing practices. She is the recipient of the 2020 Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the America's Field Grant. She was also accepted into Spotify's Sound Up program for Women of Color podcasters where she is developing an audio driven, fact filled fiction podcast called Mysteries in Black Histories. Her work has also been supported by funders like The Black Seed and the Network of Ensemble Theaters.

L.J. is currently turning her workshop, Afrocentricity X Dramaturgy, into a book that explores Afrocentric methods for putting research into the body. She recently presented the project as an Afrocentric yoga class and guided visualization to the City of Bones at the 2020 ATHE Post-Conference event: Performing Black Futures. She uses this framework in her dramaturgical work, pushing the boundaries of what it means to provide contextual information to actors, directors, writers and designers.

 

L.J. has had the pleasure of working with organizations of various sizes across the country including August Wilson House, Center Theatre Group, Critical Mass Performance Group, Cornerstone Theatre Company, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, and the Playwrights Foundation. L.J. can be found in the anthology Rhetoric, Politics, and Hamilton: An American Musical where she co-authored a chapter on “the eye” of history with Dr. Jade C. Huell.

 

Her goals include expanding into the film and television industry, developing and producing shows and movies. She was blessed to support the work of award winning costume designer Charlese Antoinette Jones on the film Judas and the Black Messiah where she pulled research and compiled reference photos into collages. 

 L.J is the Founder and Executive Producer of Maroon Arts and Culture, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to empowerment through performance and the amplification of marginalized voices. She is a certified yoga and prenatal yoga instructor and has been practicing for over 10 years. In her spare time she enjoys going on adventures with her family.

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Middle Schoolers performing The Emperor Has No Clothes, directed by Ms. Jenkins!

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Conference Presentation on Womanist Dramaturgy.

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Wardrobe Department of Astronomy Club, streaming on Netflix.

Reference board created for costume designer of award winning film Judas and the Black Messiah, streaming on HBO Max.

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2524 W. Magnolia Blvd. 

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