Donovan Whitney and Jemier Jenkins

Saturdays, February 24th - March 30th, 2024
Our young adult acting classes serve as an acting intensive training for young artists. We will focus on breaking down scenes and monologues and apply our understandings of them in our work. This class is meant to stretch young actors on their character commitment, textual and subtextual analysis, actor delivery, actor choices, and confidence.


Level / Ages: All levels, ages 15 - 20

Dates: Saturdays, February 24th - March 30th, 2024 (6 weeks total)

Times: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM 

Cost: This program is FREE to participants!

Location: Howard J. Millman Black Box Theatre
              Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe 
              1012 N Orange, Sarasota Fl, 34236


Donovan Whitney - In addition to his love for acting, teaching also gives Donovan a lot of joy! He has happily served as a teaching artist (Acting) for WBTT’s summer educational program Stage of Discovery. Recent WBTT credits include: Once on This Island, The Narrator in Black Nativity; Omari in Pipeline; The Narrator in Joyful! Joyful!; and Ensemble in Jazzlinks (Education Touring). Other Florida theater credits include: Between Riverside and Crazy, Footloose (American Stage); The Wind in the Willows  (American Stage School Tour); Picasso at the Lapin Agile, A Clockwork Orange (Jobsite Theater); Evil Dead: The Musical (Stageworks Theater). Other regional credits: Prowess (Storefront Theater of Indianapolis); Taming of the Shrew (Catalyst Repertory); Jubilee In The Rearview Mirror (Indianapolis Fringe Festival). Screen credits include: Paperline (film); Nothing Else Matters (webseries). He is represented by Level Talent Group.

Jemier Jenkins is a dynamic artist; whose journey has been one marked by artistic excellence, educational impact, and a commitment to community service. Currently serving as an Adjunct Drama teacher at John Hopkins Middle School’s Center for the Arts, Jemier brings over a decade of experience to the classroom. She also mentors students at the Youth Development Foundation of Pinellas. Her passion for education is evident in her dedication to nurturing young talents, fostering creativity, and instilling a love for the arts in her students.

Jemier has graced the stage with several captivating performances, portraying a diverse array of characters that linger in the hearts of audiences. Some of her most cherished roles include Molly in Joe Turner's Come And Gone and Miss Pat in The Colored Museum at the American Stage Theatre Company. Notably, her portrayal of Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire with the African-American Shakespeare Company in San Francisco left an indelible mark. Her insightful experience with this iconic character became a part of Nancy Schoenberger's esteemed book, "Blanche: The Life and Times of Tennessee Williams's Greatest Creation." Beyond the spotlight, Jemier is a proud member of the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where she actively contributes to the organization's commitment to scholarship, service, and sisterhood.

Educationally, Jemier is a St. Petersburg native and an alumna of Florida State University. Her dedication to continuous learning is exemplified by her pursuit of an MBA at Syracuse University, showcasing her commitment to combining artistic talent with instructional expertise. As a creative professional, Jemier boasts more than 15 years of experience. Her proven track record is marked by innovative solutions and a deep understanding of customers' needs. Regular interactions with customers, stakeholders, vendors, and staff have honed her multi-dimensional communication skills and a keen ability to recognize, act upon, and fulfill organizational needs. Jemier believes that her skills and talents in coordinating, development, strategic planning, analysis, and fostering lasting partnerships position her to excel in her new career endeavors.

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