Our Teaching Artists
Che’Rae Adams has been a Teaching Artist for many years, starting in 2004 with the LA Women’s Theatre Festival where she taught writing workshops to kids of all ages in partnership with the California African American Museum. She has also worked with the Pasadena Playhouse, where she went into schools and discussed with the kids what they saw on the main-stage, and then conducted writing workshops with them. She has also worked with at-risk and homeless young adults at Hollywood Arts, which offers classes in the performing and visual arts which inspire and help develop self-esteem and critical life skills that allow them to transition into productive lives. Che’Rae has an MFA in Directing from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music and a BA in Theater from California State University, Northridge.
Jennifer Pennington is a professional actress and Teaching Artist currently working with P.S.Arts, Idyllwild Arts, Eastla Classic Theatre and Inside Out Community Arts. She is very grateful to be given the opportunity to teach children the art form that changed her life when she was young. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The University of Michigan and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee during the select period when it was the International Actor Training Academy working with directors and instructors from Poland, Hungary, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Scotland and France. Jennifer has done some film and television work, however, her true passion is theatre. She has been in several different theatre and improv. companies from Michigan to California. Her Los Angeles theatre credits include productions with South Coast Repertory, Theatre Banshee, Syzygy Theatre Ensemble, The Openfist Theatre and The Elephant Theatre.