Robert Negron • Artistic Director
Robert is an actor, playwright and martial artist, he trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and South Coast Repertory Professional Conservatory. He has also trained at with The Antaeus Academy, A.C.T. Summer Conservatory, CSU Summer Arts Conservatory, Coronado School of the Arts and interned at The La Jolla Playhouse. He has worked in such theaters as the Rubicon Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Boston Court, Old Globe Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Robert produced an adaptation of the book Into the Wild called Beautiful Blueberries 142 as a Black Swan project at OSF in 2007. Robert is International Programs Liason The Sa-K-La-K-Wel (SLW) Community Center in Jacmel, Haiti and spends part of each year as a resident arts instructor in Jacmel. In 2013 Robert attended the Earthship Academy in Taos, NM and is the build director of SLW Earthship build.
In L.A. and San Diego Robert teaches classes including Acting for Dancers, Acting for the Camera, Acting Professionally and numerous Shakespeare workshops. Robert was the 1999 recipient of the Emerging Young Artist award.
Caitlin Negron • Executive Director
Caitlin began her dance training at Fort Wayne Ballet in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She then went on to study at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she earned a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a B.A. in Anthropology. While at SMU Caitlin choreographed for the student run Brown Bag Dance Series and led choreographic workshops. Caitlin has also studied at the American Dance Festival and at The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and with Thodos Dance Chicago. Caitlin is a 2015/16 Creative Renewal Fellow through the generous support of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and a 2015 recipient of the Individual Artist Program grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. She is currently in her 9th season as a company dancer with Dance Kaleidoscope, a professional contemporary dance company based in Indianapolis.
Caitlin is also a BASI certified pilates instructor and teaches dance throughout Indiana.
Ian Garret • Resident Designer
Ian Garrett is designer, producer, educator, and researcher in the field of sustainability in arts and culture. Ian is the co-founder and director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts (CSPA), a leader in the conversation on sustainability and the arts. He is a member of USITT, OISTAT and ADC, and is associate curator for the US entry into the 2015 Prague Quadrennial. He is a trustee and Vice Chair of the Board for DanceUSA, the national service organization for dance, where he serves on the Executive, Technology, and chairs the Programming committees.
Ian’s writing include the monograph Arts, the Environment, and Sustainability for the Americans for the Arts’s New Community Visions Initiative; The Carbon Footprint of Theatrical Production, published in Readings in Performance and Ecology, from Palgrave McMilian, and the paper Theatre is No Place for a Plant in Landing Stages from the Ashden Directory. Garrett chaired the conferences Sustainability in Theatre and Staging Sustainability, 2014, and served as sustainability programme coordinator for World Stage Design in Cardiff, Wales. At WSD 2013 he led the selection committee for the temporary sustainable theatre project built for that event, the Willow Theatre. .
Ian maintains a design practice focused on lighting, with work in scenic and video design. Recent designs include the self-contained set/performance space for Erika Batdorf’s Burnish for the Venice Biennale and the Theatre Centre in Toronto and the set and energy capture systems for Vox:Lumen from Zata Omm Dance Projects, a full length dance production which premiered in March 2015 . In October 2014, he designed the video systems of DTAH Architects’ installation for the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s Toronto Site. Previously, he served as the lighting curator for Scenofest at the Prague Quadrennial. He received the 2006 LA Weekly Theater Award for best lighting for Permanent Collection at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, was the lighting designer for Song of Extinction with Moving Arts, which won the 2008 LA Weekly Theater Award for Production of the Year, and has been involved with over 100 other theatre productions. Some notable projects include working on the lighting team for the Crimson Collective’s Ascension, a 150’ wide, origami-style crane sculpture at the 2010 Coachella Music Festival; events on the veranda at the Alden Hotel for a Houston Grand Opera O.N. event; and rewiring the DiverseWorks Gallery for Claude Wampler’s
PERFORMANCE (career ender) installation.
Cindy Marie Jenkins • Artist-in-Residence
CINDY MARIE JENKINS is a Storyteller and Outreach Consultant based in Los Angeles.
Current projects include the first novel in her upcoming series The Blue Dragon Scribe Shoppe. She’s also writing a series called MYTHistories, including the performance pieces MYTHistories of the Son and Fatima Quest (work-shopped at the 2011 & 2012 Indy Convergence). In April 2012 she premiered the new play Phantoms Go Down written by Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim during a successful run at the Bootleg Theater.
Her awareness piece Voices From Chornobyl has been presented in both the US and the UK to raise money and knowledge of the nuclear accident (inspired by Svetlana Alexievich‘s interviews). Last summer her interactive children’s play Voices From Chornobyl Jr. was voted “Best of Fringe” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Dragon Compact premiered as part of Moving Arts’ The Car Plays LA during the Radar LA International Festival. Cindy also serves on the Steering Committee of the Directors Lab West. She’s performed as a Storyteller in the Hollywood Fringe Festival tent, Santa Monica Rep’s 2011 Brecht Gala and Electric Lodge’s max10 series.
Previous community art installations/interactions shown at the 1st Annual Atwater Art Walk, Summer Nights on the Boulevard, The Barnsdall Gallery, The Courtyard Gallery, the Silver Lake Jubilee (2010 & 2011) and the Children’s Festival of the Arts in Hollywood.
She regularly contributes to The Comics Observer, ArtJob.org (Arts For LA), LA Stage Times,Atwater Village Now,The Inspired Classroom, Bitter Lemons & LAFPI. Cindy was one of the arts advocates who created the #LAthtr hashtag in 2010 to unify the Los Angeles theatre scene, the #ShareAScene hashtag through LA FPI most recently and also a guest-tweeting initiative through @LA_FPI ‘s twitter account.
Dara Weinberg • co-founder, 2008 Umbrella Project director, development director
Dara Weinberg is one of the co-founders of the Indy Convergence, with Robert Negron and Caitlin Swihart. She directed the first Umbrella Project, in 2008, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Chorus,” and served as the Convergence’s development director from 2007-2008. Her fundraising efforts supported the organization’s second and third Convergences. Dara is a writer and director. Her work focuses on Greek choral forms in poetry and performance. She received a Fulbright grant to study Polish theater in 2011. She has directed performances, readings, or workshops at the Berliner Compagnie, Theatre of NOTE, the Met Theatre, Sacred Fools, the Creative Alliance (Baltimore), Single Carrot Theatre, and Many Hats Collaboration; assistant directing includes South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theater, and Portland Center Stage. She is the director of Parallel Octave, a Baltimore organization that collaborates with students, performers, and Baltimore community members to make audio recordings of poems with live improvised music, in a format resembling Greek choruses. (http://www.paralleloctave.com). She holds an MFA in poetry from Johns Hopkins. Her website is http://weinberg.wordpress.com.