James Brendlinger is the Owner and Producer for Penguin Point Productions and is a Show Director at SLEUTHS Mystery Dinner Shows in Orlando, Florida. For 21 years he served as Chairman of Arts and Communication at Lake Howell High School, where he taught Acting, Directing and Stagecraft and produced over 160 plays and musicals. Prior to that, he taught theater classes at Wilson High School in his native Pennsylvania.
In addition to his work as a teacher, James has dedicated himself to providing costume, prop and set building resources to local schools, theaters and churches across the State of Florida. Through Penguin Point Productions, he has produced plays at the Orlando International Fringe Festival each year since 2006, including such titles as Mysterious Skin, Anne Frank Superstar, Bare: a Pop Opera, HOODIES: The Trayvon Martin Project, and Zanna, Don’t!
James serves as Chairman of Florida State Junior Thespians, providing statewide leadership for all middle school Thespian activities in Florida, and hosting the annual FSJT Theater Festival for over 5000 students at the Orange County Convention Center. He is also the manager for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS collections for Florida State Thespians. Last year, Florida State Thespians raised over $80,000 for this worthy cause.
In the summer of 2014, James received a scholarship from the English-Speaking Union which enabled him to study at the Globe Theatre in London, where he performed as Brutus in a midnight production of Julius Caesar. In the summer of 2017, he received a scholarship to study Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
James has been the recipient of several awards in recent years, including LHHS Teacher of the Year, FATE-Florida Association of Theater Educators Outstanding Theatre Arts Educator 2014, Florida Theatrical Association Director’s Award, Orlando Fringe Veteran Producer Award 2013, Don Smith Community Service Award 2015, and The Spirit of the Fringe Award at the Orlando Fringe Festival 2015.
Kirk Bonacci is an actor/comedian here in Orlando. Kirk got his start studying short-form improv with SAK in 2006, and received further education in both short and long-form improv with the Groundlings, and the Upright Citizens Brigade.
He's performed comedy for over a decade, touring around the United States and Europe. During this time, Kirk has opened for Carlos Mencia, Tony Rock, Nikky Glaser, and has performed on stage with The Second City in Las Vegas.
He has additional experience in acting and improv. In 2013/2014, Kirk spent a year living in Madrid, where he co-starred on the Disney Channel Europe show "The Avatars." At this time, he also co-founded an English speaking improv school and troupe in Madrid called "MAD Improv," which is still active to this day.
Edna has dedicated her life to helping people discover their gifts and talents in the area Theatre Arts. She is a teaching artist, arts integration specialist, certified educator, and puppeteer. As a teaching artist, she had the privilege of honing her skills at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Globe Theater in London, England, and Lincoln Center Education/The Julliard School in New York City. She conducts nation-wide arts education workshops and also an arts workshop in Rome, Italy.
Prior to her career in education, she worked in the entertainment industry for 15 years including such companies as The New York Emmy Awards, and Sony Music Entertainment.
As a puppeteer, the was mentored by Carroll Spinney, “Big Bird”, and Dr. Loretta Long “Susan” from Sesame Street. She was a puppeteer for two seasons for Jane Henson’s Nativity. She was also the former Vice President of the New York City Puppetry Guild and President of Pinocchio’s Marionette Theatre in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Recently, Edna was one of the featured artists for the Living Objects: African American Puppetry exhibit at the Ballard Instute and Museum at the University of Connecticut.
She is the creator of Lovely Day Arts, a company that focuses on educational and inspirational projects through the use of her original puppets, and Sock n’ Sew that creates puppet kits for workshops and after school programs.
Cody Bush is an actor, improviser and technician who has been doing theatre for over 10 years now. While most of his focus has been on improv, Cody has done some scripted shows including Clockwork Orange, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged and Christmas Carol Invasion. Cody was just recently promoted to the professional ensemble over at SAK Comedy Lab. In addition to performing at SAK, Cody can be seen performing with many other improv groups around Central Florida.
A native New Yorker who spent 12 years in Denver, Swann now lives in Orlando, FL where he is excited to introduce Talk to the Camera to the Sunshine State. His experience in education is quite diverse and includes edutaining elementary students as "Solar Swann" for Mad Science as well as teaching physical exams to medical students at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. As a professional actor for over 10 years, he has performed in films, commercials, TV shows, internet videos and works regularly as a performer for Universal Studios Orlando.
"Talk to the Camera"
Sarah is an accomplished dancer, performer, and teacher. As a child, she received comprehensive dance training in the Vaganova Method in Sarasota, FL at the prestigious Florida Ballet Arts school. She continued her education and experience with an apprenticeship with the Sarasota Ballet of Florida in the 90’s. She took a short hiatus and graduated with a BA in English Literature from UCF in 1997. In 2004 she began teaching dance in Central Florida and we’re more than excited to welcome her and her 12 years of dance experience. Sarah’s passion for dance instruction spans the spectrum of teaching little ones the basics of ballet all the way up to the most advanced pointe students.
Kelly Lowenberg is a native of Boston and has (mostly) adjusted to the Florida lifestyle. She has a bachelor’s in creative writing and a master’s in literature, both from UCF. For 10 years, she taught high school English, including courses in language arts, drama, creative writing, and science fiction literature. Her hobbies include baking her nieces and leaving out commas.
Scott Schoonover is still fairly new to Orlando, having moved here in July of 2018. He has been working as a teaching artist, mask maker, technician, scenic artist, and freelance designer for 8 years, after having completed his MFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa. He has most recently worked at the Public Theatre in New York crafting puppets for their upcoming production of Hercules and painted scenery and props for Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge. He currently teaches Theatre at Lake Nona High School.
You might find me sipping hot chocolate at Cafe Beignet on Royal Street while writing about what I see in the French Quarter. I might be sitting on a bench in Jackson Square with my sketchbook drawing St. Louis Cathedral, or standing on a streetcar heading to the Garden District where I will wander around Lafayette Cemetery and the local neighborhoods exploring with my camera. I may be out with my husband perusing local flea markets and antique stores for some unique finds to add to our quaint bohemian home in the woods of the northshore of Louisiana. But most times I am sitting on the old wicker swing of my lazy southern porch tending to my plants and a hot cup of lemon tea in hand, a cat on my lap, and reading a good book.
I have been all over the world in pursuit of my true joy in life...to exploit happiness, humbleness, and adventure in every culture, society, and way of life I possibly can. I love getting to know people of so many beautiful and diverse countries and photographing their boldly and richly colorful environments. Writing and sketching about my adventures has become a passion I love to share.
I do a lot of mission and philanthropic work for many different non-profit organizations all over the US and right here at home in New Orleans. It is what I have been called to do in this world and where my heart belongs.
Learn more about Kristen and her adventures around the globe at KHPhotographics.com
SEAN MICHAEL ROBINSON
Sean Michael Robinson is a writer, illustrator, musician, and former high school art teacher, as well as a man-about-town and lover of science.
In his brief time as an adult human he's drawn hundreds of pages of comics, scribbled a gazillion portraits, sung two seasons as a mercenary Christmas caroler, performed on a hundred street corners, in a dozen plays, and written and recorded half a dozen albums. This is the very short list, leaving out as it does candy salesman, lifeguard, and other unsavory occupations.
In 2011, while several hundred pages into a graphic novel entitled Discards, he began writing for the pop-culture criticism website the Hooded Utilitarian. Several months later, an article on that site went viral, leading to the opportunity to co-write and illustrate Down in the Hole: the unWired World of H.B. Ogden for powerHouse Books.
Shortly after the release of Down in the Hole in September 2012, he toured street corners around the world as one half of the fiddle/guitar/vocal duo The Summer Januaries. He was fortunate to marry the other half of said duo immediately after said tour.
You can find his work at LivingtheLine.com.