Lindsay A. Jenkins (L.J.)
Founder and Executive Producer
Lindsay A. Jenkins (L.J.) is a dramaturg, producer and educator based in Los Angeles by way of Dallas, TX. L.J. started Maroon Arts and Culture because she was in search of a safe space where cultural expression is celebrated and traditional arts are not only preserved, but respected. Like many theatre practitioners, L.J. has performed a variety of roles over the years; however she considers her time as a Middle and High school theatre teacher as one of her most valuable experiences. Not only did it foster her passion for arts education and interest in dramaturgy, she was inspired everyday by the curiosity and creativity of her students.
Though no longer a full-time teacher, L.J. still works as a Teaching Artist engaging students in public and charter schools across Los Angeles. L.J. holds a Master of Arts degree in Theatre from California State University, Northridge. Her specific area of research is Black performance heritage, connecting past performances to contemporary experiences. Her recent work Doing Time, is an autoethnographic performance that explores the relationship between Black women and law enforcement, connecting the historical practice of lynching to contemporary policing practices.
Currently, L.J. is developing a project that explores Afrocentric methods for putting research into the body. She recently presented the project as an Afrocentric yoga class and guided visualization to the City of Bones at the 2020 ATHE Post-Conference event: Performing Black Futures. She has had the pleasure of working with organizations of various sizes including Critical Mass Performance Group, Cornerstone Theatre Company, Center Theatre Group and the Playwrights Foundation. L.J. can also be found in the upcoming anthology Rhetoric, Politics, and Hamilton: An American Musical where she co-authored a chapter on “the eye” of history with Dr. Jade C. Huell. She’s also dabbled in the film and television industry working on the upcoming film Judas and the Black Messiah and the Netflix show, Astronomy Club.
L.J. has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She is a certified yoga and prenatal yoga instructor. In her spare time she enjoys going on adventures with her family.
Brooke Jones is a nation-wide event producer, based in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past 10 years she has produced events of various sizes. She started her career organizing small local hip-hop shows, eventually transitioning her side hustle into a full time career. She now produces experiential pop-ups, conferences, large concerts, festivals, and galas. Brooke has a niche for integrating sponsorships and fundraising into events in a thoughtful way and getting the most out of a budget. She’s a natural negotiator and a pro at bartering. Brooke loves turning ideas into stories and telling those stories through experiences. Through every aspect of creating an event, she always considers how each element will make people think and feel. The ultimate gratification for Brooke is when people leave an experience just as excited as when they arrived.
At Maroon Arts and Culture, Brooke’s primary focus is to ensure that each experience is meaningful and truthful. She’s passionate about amplifying the ancestors’ lives and untold stories. Brooke is determined to create unique experiences that are engaging, fun, and informational for all ages. She believes exploring is a critical ingredient in learning.
In Brooke’s free time, she enjoys going to live shows, reading, hiking, indoor rock climbing, writing, and singing karaoke. She looks forward to outdoor adventures in areas once occupied and currently occupied by Maroon communities.
Celia D. Carey, M.Ed.
Director of Programming
Celia D. Carey has dedicated her life to education. With 14 years of teaching experience in secondary schools throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, she particularly has a passion for working with students that come from tough backgrounds. Celia first recognized her desire to work with children when working at a summer camp in New Jersey. Years later, Celia has climbed the ladder by working as a daycare worker, babysitter, substitute teacher, teacher’s assistant, teacher, mentor, department chair, and leader in a range of schools- from the most affluent to alternative settings.
Celia earned her Bachelor’s degree in the area of Psychology from the illustrious Hampton University in Virginia. She later completed her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the beautiful Dallas Baptist University in Texas. She has taught all levels of students, and is certified in Special Education, English as a Second Language, Social Studies, Language Arts, and the Principalship. In Dallas, she was an Instructional Lead Teacher for English and Language Arts (ELA). She currently teaches 7th grade ELA for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Celia is determined to continue to educate the masses through the lens of the experiences that the ancestors of African Americans endured. Through Maroon Arts & Culture, Celia hopes to combat the white-washing of history in the United States by showcasing the little known stories of our ancestors through an African American perspective.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time playing cards and board games with friends and family. Going on adventures and creating with her son, Brace, is the main driving force for her dedication to changing the way children are taught in this country. They deserve to see themselves in the stories, and they deserve to know that our ancestors were heroes.
Oftentimes when we think about the enslaved running to freedom, we envision the thousands of people in the United States who fled North. But in its earliest form, the peculiar institution of slavery was universally practiced throughout the Americas.
THERE WAS NOWHERE TO GO,
AND STILL THEY RAN
For hundreds of years refugees fled the horrors of slavery and retreated into swamps, jungles and forests in search of a place where they could simply exist in peace. The National Park Service defines Maroons as refugee slaves who succeeded in establishing a society of their own.” Without planning or the ability to communicate, these communities sprung up all over the world. Maroons existed in the United States, Mexico, South America and Africa.
Wherever there was bondage in the world, there were Maroons.
Despite living during one of the darkest times in history, Maroons came together in the center of it all. They didn’t just survive, they thrived and created. They partnered with indigenous tribes and free people of color. Maroons from various backgrounds came together and shared food, ritual, tradition, performance and art. They exchanged cultural practices and, in doing so, created new culture. They were able to be independent, to be free, because of their strong sense of community.
Maroon Arts and Culture is dedicated to operating in the spirit of the communities after which it is named. Our goal is to create both physical and virtual safe spaces where marginalized voices, artists and individuals, are free to express themselves, to tell their origin stories and share their visions of the future.