TONY JENKINS (Co-Director/Playwright) is an actor, playwright, spoken word poet and director from Winston Salem. He has travelled with his writing throughout his home state and to national stages as a keynote presenter at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the NAACP, the North Carolina Arts Council and the National at Risk Educators Conference, to name a few.
Jenkins studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he received his B.F.A. in Acting. Some of his favorite roles include Dorimant in “The Man of Mode,” Clay in “Dutchman,” and Bynum in “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.”
His first play, “Baggage Claim,” premiered at Lincoln Center through Lincoln Center Education. He performed in and co-directed his second play, “BLACK MAGIC,” which won Best Overall Play at the 2016 NYC International Fringe Festival. He is currently workshopping his third play “Riverboys.”
Jenkins has worked with the arts non-profit organization Authoring Action since the age of 15. Currently a William R. Kenan Jr. Fellow at Lincoln Center Education in New York City.
CHESSA METZ (Co-Director/Choreographer) is a New York City-based actor and a 2017 William R. Kenan Jr. Fellow with Lincoln Center Education. A recent graduate of UNCSA’s School of Drama, Metz was the co-director and choreographer of the world premiere of “Black Magic,” which won Best Overall Play at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2016. Metz is a classically-trained actor, singer and dancer who works both as a performer and freelance dance instructor/choreographer. She is from Concord, N.C.
KRISHA MARCANO (Line Producer) joined UNCSA’s School of Drama as an assistant professor of theatre dance in August 2016, directly from the first national tour of “Motown The Musical.” She graduated with a B.F.A. in dance from the State University of New York at Purchase and an MBA from Kenney College. She went on to dance for the Martha Graham Dance Co., Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Micheal Mao Dance Co. She made her move to musical theatre with the first national tour of “Fosse, the Musical.” Marcano’s Broadway credits include Disney’s “Aida,” “Sweet Charity,” “The Color Purple” (Squeak, original cast) and “Motown The Musical.”
Marcano has taught at the Ailey School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Harlem School of the Arts, The Joffrey Ballet School and The New Studio, Tisch NYU. She is a founding member of The Broadway Collective, teaching musical theater dance across the country. She is also the CEO of The Artistry Center, offering education and coaching on artistic and entrepreneurial wellness.