Jolene Adams, director and co-adaptor … is the Artistic Director of Actors Art Theatre (a member of The Los Angeles Stage Alliance), which she founded in New York City. Jolene produced her first Equity production, THE RUNNER STUMBLES, at the Collective Actors Theatre in NYC and has since produced and directed over fifty productions at AAT.
She produced, developed and starred in the six Drama-Logue Award winning ADAM & EVA MARIE written by Michael Solomon, at Actors Art Theatre (film in development). She developed and directed the critically acclaimed, Ovation Award nominated hit, BOILER ROOM by Dan Fante at both AAT in LA & The Pantheon in NYC. (Selected as one of the most notable plays of the year by Don Shirley of The LA Times), Cathy Ladman’s solo show, SCAREDYPANTS for HBO Independent Productions/The US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. She has directed and co-written several AAT hits including SAY CHEESE (starring Phil Johnson (Le Miserable), VAMPINGO (starring Ariana Johns-NY Fringe Festival), F BUDDY (BackStage West Critic's Pick, film in development), RESIGNATION (featured in DailyCandy and recommended by the LA Weekly, film in development) and ONE CRAZY LADY, Jenica Bergere’s ("Drew Carey Show", "Men Behaving Badly"). She has co-adapted Emmy Award winning comedian, Mike Dugan's solo-show, MEN FAKE FOREPLAY from his book of the same name.
Jolene also starred as ‘Dolores’ in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Edward Allen Baker’s CRYING ROCKS at The Laurelgrove Theatre and ‘Gretty’ in Gretty Good Time at The Falcon Theatre, directed by Joe Regalbuto. She’s featured in Larry Silverberg’s book, GUIDE TO QUALIFIED ACTING COACHES and taught for the NYU Theatre Program at the Harold Clurman Theatre.
About Actors Art Theatre …
One of Los Angeles’ smallest Equity Waiver theaters, Actor’s Art, located in a converted apartment in the Mid Wilshire District, is home to some of LA’s most talented stage and screen actors.
AAT is dedicated to the belief that we are not separate from each other and have the capacity to empathize with all people; through the actor’s art, we can produce works that entertain and inspire change.
Each year AAT presents readings, workshops, solo shows and produces an original play, classic revival or West Coast Premiere. Some projects move to larger theaters and TV or screen development. Actors Art currently has five plays and seven film and television projects in development.
Central to the work at AAT is the Writing Out Loud Series where actors develop stories and audiences can watch solo shows go from on-book brief monologues to ready for off-Broadway plays.
Theater at AAT has been an intimate family-like experience for actors and audiences for 13 years. A passionate cook who lives in the same building, artistic director, Adams, has been known to invite entire audiences over for supper after a show!