Jolene Adams, Artistic Director of Actors Art Theatre, is an actress, director, and teacher. She founded AAT in New York City, dedicated to presenting performances that inspire change and understanding through the non-judgement and compassion of the actor's art. She has produced and directed more than thirty productions, many of which she co-created, wrote, or adapted. She was the Artistic Director of the non-profit Ensemble Theatre Company at The Gateway in New York. Her Off-Broadway credits include Teach Me How To Cry at the Equity Library Theatre and Pinions at Playwrights Horizons.
In 1994 she opened Actors Art Theatre Studio where she teaches her Stanislavski/Meisner inspired technique to those committed to becoming more consistently crafted and spontaneous. She also conducts workshops for professional actors to encourage them to keep creating between jobs. She co-starred in the long running, Drama-Logue Award winning Adam & Eva Marie at Actors Art Theatre, and directed Cathy Ladman's Scaredypants at this theatre and at the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, She helmed our hit Boiler Room. Jolene recently starred in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Edward Allen Baker's Crying Rocks at The Laurelgrove Theatre.
Among her many Off-Off-Broadway credits include The Runner Stumbles and Caroly at The Collective Actors Theatre, Our Lady Of Perpetual Danger at The Kaufman, and The Elysian Fields at The Perry Street Theatre. She received a grant to study acting at Adelphi University, and was awarded her BFA from Adelphi's Theatre Conservatory. Her most influential teachers were Jacques Burdick (Stanislavski Technique) and Martha Jacobs (Meisner/Patterson Technique). Jolene has taught for the NYU Theatre Program at the Harold Clurman Theatre, and led rehearsal and Performance Workshops at The Gateway Theatre. She was personally trained by Marian Rich to teach Ms Rich's Voice and Diction Technique. In 1993, she moved to Los Angeles. She is featured in The Actor's Guide To Qualified Acting Coaches: Los Angeles, by Larry Silverberg.