Director’s Biography

 

Image result for Rodney GilbertRodney Gilbert, born and raised in Newark, is the director of Surely Goodness and Mercy, as well as a theatre artist that does work in all realms of the field. A teacher wanting to help cultivate young minds, Rodney is an adjunct professor at Drew University and lead teaching artist for organizations such as: Arts Horizons, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Newark Museum, and the Kennedy Center’s Wolf Trap Early Learning Program. He toils to create workshops all over the world including  in Johannesburg, South Africa where he, along with Alysia Souder, made the “Rites of Passage for At-Risk Youth” workshop at The Common Grounds Learning Conference at Wits University.

In 2003 Rodney founded Yendor productions (a name he got by spelling his own name backwards) which he made to lessen the challenges experienced by underprivileged artists and communities like right here in Newark, New Jersey. In fact, he designed the arts education program called “Zoom-We’re Going Places” for students after-school. He is also the resident director of Winceyco Entertainment where he helps in the production of musically educational programs for the entire tri-state area; and is the senior program adviser for City without walls, the oldest contemporary art space in New Jersey.

 

Sources: 

"Faculty." Faculty | Summer College | Drew University. https://www.drew.edu/summercollege/faculty#toc-7.

"Yendor Arts: Art That Changes; Be A Part Of The Change." Yendorproductions. https://www.yendorproductions.com/about.