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Your hosts Katrina Heil, Jada Jackson, Imahni King, and Emily Talerman will be diving into fine art finances with artist Kevyn Fernandez and associate producer and casting director Kim Heil!
Kevyn Fernandez is a young artist based in San Diego who is currently a student at City College. He has been working and learning sound techniques since the age of 13 and found theatre to be the best place for his work. He has also been taking a multitude of classes to grow his writing skills for the stage and screen. His resume includes shows like The Diary of Anne Frank, The Twilight Zone, Writing on the Rails, Hadassah, She Kills Monsters, Kiss My Aztec!, and Fly. Fernandez has worked with many places in the arts throughout the San Diego area, like La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Symphony, Tenth Avenue Arts Center, and La Jolla High School.
Kim Montelibano Heil has been active in the professional performing arts industry as an artist, administrator, educator, producer, and content creator for over 20 years. In addition, she is a dedicated advocate of equity, diversity, and Inclusion, and places those values at the forefront of all her work. She is especially interested in the intersection of the performing arts and financial literacy and has sought to dispel the myth of the “starving artist” through her Instagram Live channel, @thenuance2020. She is currently part of the leadership team at San Diego Repertory Theatre as the Associate Producer and Casting Director. She served previously as Education Director at San Diego Junior Theatre, and as Education Programs Manager at The Old Globe. She is also a freelance casting director, having worked most recently on the new musical adaptation of Farewell My Concubine by Kenneth Lin and Jason Robert Brown. Prior to working in San Diego, Heil was an associate for Broadway producer Arielle Tepper in New York. She was also Associate Producer/Dramaturg for Second Generation Theatre’s In the Works reading series, where she produced workshops of plays by emerging Asian American playwrights. In her previous life Heil was an actor, choreographer, and dancer in Los Angeles. She currently serves on the board of the National New Play Network, and she also served as Artistic Trustee at Diversionary Theatre and as Advisory Board Member at Blindspot Collective. Heil holds an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University.
Katrina Heil is a sophomore at Valhalla High School and a theatre kid through and through. Her favorite roles include Charlotte in Pride and Prejudice (Valhalla High School), Logainne in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (San Diego Junior Theatre), Gladys in An American Christmas (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Little Who Ensemble in Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe), and Louise in Sunday in the Park with George (ion theatre company). She spends her time reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family.
Jada Jackson was last seen in Cancelled with San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre as Kay. She has had a passion for performing since the age of four. She made her debut in Annie with Christian Youth Theater San Diego. Her recent credits include the Without Walls Festival, where she appeared in Hall Pass for Blindspot Collective as Zoey. Jackson is a senior at High Tech High and will continue her education with the pursuit of a B.F.A. She is profoundly grateful to be today’s host for Creative Youth Studio.
Imahni King has been studying and working within performing arts since he was eight years old. Now 18, he is a proud co-founder of Teenage Youth Performing Arts (TYPA) Theatre Company and a computer science major at San Diego City College. After training and honing in various musical skills, King began assisting in workshops, classes, and productions with music as his focus. His musical direction credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (San Diego Junior Theatre) and Tick, Tick... Boom! and Dogfight (TYPA Theatre Company).
Emily Talerman is a senior at La Jolla High School and will be pursuing a B.F.A. in Acting. She has acted and trained with many youth theatre groups throughout San Diego and cannot wait to continue exploring her creativity during The Old Globe’s Creative Youth Studio. In her spare time, she enjoys speech and debate, reading, and going for walks. She thanks you for supporting youth in theatre and for being open minded.
Creative Youth Studio, Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio’s next stage, has joined the roster! Providing a series of professional development opportunities for youth to advance their creative and professional careers, it aims to reach a broad swath of aspiring thespians, including high school theatre enthusiasts and community members new to our programs. Participants will explore audition preparation, portfolio building, voice work, dance, and clowning in free weekly one-hour classes, Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. PDT live on The Old Globe Arts Engagement’s Facebook page.
When: Every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. PT
Where: Arts Engagement Facebook page: The Old Globe Arts Engagement
Arts Engagement programs at The Old Globe are supported in part by The James Irvine Foundation and Qualcomm. Digital programs are supported by the Peggy and Robert Matthews Foundation. Globe teaching artists are supported by the Ann Davies Fund for Teaching Artists. Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego.