Robert Negron â€¢ 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 Liaison 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.
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 â€¢ 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. 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 Garrett â€¢ Resident Designer
Ian Garrett is Associate Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University; director of the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts; and Producer for the mixed reality production company Toasterlab. He maintains a design practice focused on ecology, technology and scenography and He is currently working with Rulan Tangen on Groundworks, looking at native lands in Northern California through collaborations with artists from Pomo, Wappo, and Ohlone communities; and with Swim Pony Performing Arts in Philadelphia on Trail Stories focusing on the trails in watershed areas of Philadelphia through geolocated immersive audio. Other projects include the mixed-reality geolocated project Transmission (FuturePlay/Edinburgh and Future of Storytelling Festival/New York), the set and energy systems for Zata Omm’s Vox:Lumen at the Harbourfront Centre and Crimson Collectiveâ€™s Ascension, a solar 150â€™ wide crane at Coachella. With Chantal Bilodeau, he co-directs the Climate Change Theatre Action. His writing includes Arts, the Environment, and Sustainability for Americans for the Arts; The Carbon Footprint of Theatrical Production in Readings in Performance and Ecology, and Theatre is No Place for a Plant in Landing Stages from the Ashden Directory. He serves on the Board of Directors for Associated Designers of Canada.
Cindy Marie Jenkins â€¢ 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 Alexievichâ€˜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 Artsâ€™ 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 Childrenâ€™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 â€˜s twitter account.
Dara Weinberg â€¢ 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.Â 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.