Meet our Staff
Jay McAdams, Executive Director
JAY MCADAMS is Executive Director of LA’s 24th STreet Theatre. He is also a producer, having produced dozens of theatrical productions over the last 20 years and won LA Weekly’s 2011 Production of the Year Award.
Jay is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a 2011 Leadership LA Fellow. Among his other leadership training is LA County Arts Commission’s Arts Leadership Initiative, the Annenberg Leadership Institute, and the prestigious Stanford University Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders, where Jay won a Center for Social Innovation Fellowship.
Jay has also been selected by the US State Department to serve as a Cultural Envoy to El Salvador, where he has performed and taught on three Central American tours. Jay won the Innovation and Leadership Award from USC’s Rossier School of Education for his work in Arts Education.
Debbie Devine, Artistic Director
DEBBIE DEVINE has been an award-winning theatre director and a respected leader in the field of arts education for over three decades. She has been the Chair of the Drama Dept. of The Colburn School of Performing arts for over 20 years. She is also a theatrical director with the LA Philharmonic and is thrilled to be directing in the gorgeous space that is Disney Hall. Debbie is the co-founder and Artistic Director of L.A.’s 24th STreet Theatre, which has created award-winning professional theatre and model arts education programs for thousands of students and teachers since 1997.
Debbie’s work as an actor has earned her three Drama-Logue Critics Awards, a Robby Award, an L.A. Weekly Award, LA Parent Magazine’s Best Westside Children’s Theatre Award, and the Women In Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Los Angeles Theatre. Debbie recently earned LA County Arts Commission’s Professional Designation in Arts Education, and is the recipient of the USC Rossier School of Education’s Innovation and Leadership Award, and won LA’s County Music Center’s 2001 Bravo Special Mention for her work in Arts Education. She is also the proud recipient of the 2011 Inspiring Women Award, presented by the LA Sparks and Farmers Insurance.
Jesus Castaños-Chima, Director of Latino Theatre Programs
JESUS CASTANOS-CHIMA is a former member of the Autonomous National University of México (UNAM) Theater Company. He started his acting career in Culiacán, Sinaloa, México with DIFOCUR Theater Group, directed by Jorge Cázarez and the Theater Workshop of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (TATUAS), directed by Oscar Liera. During his 35 year career, he’s worked in plays, TV and films in Mexico and The United States. He has also participated in many international theater festivals. He was an Acting workshop coordinator for the International Latino Theater Festival of Los Angeles (FITLA) and Assistant Curator at Meet Me at Metro Fest.
He is the Director of Latino Theatre Programs at 24th STreet Theatre, where he has directed La Infamia, El Jardín de los Reyes, El Ogrito (The Ogreling, Los Angeles Times Critic’s Choice), and La Víspera, among others. He also appeared in the acclaimed film Quinceañera (Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2006), as "Ernesto Chávez".
Tina Langill, Development Associate
TINA LANGILL is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Theatre. After spending several years developing after school and summer programs in the for-profit world, she felt the pull of the theatre calling her back. She spent two years working as the Office Manager for a small non-profit while performing and stage managing on the side before she found 24th STreet Theatre. “This is one of the few places where my love of theatre and youth education can combine with my passion for social change. I am excited to be a part of this amazing organization, and sharing their mission and message with the people of Los Angeles.”
Jennie McInnis, Operations Manager
JENNIE MCINNIS moved from Chicago to LA in the summer of 2010.She worked as an Administrative Assistant at a large non-profit theatre company, and had also been freelancing as an Assistant Stage Manager on the side. She had left the career path of an Equity stage manager the year before and knew she wanted to work in non-profit, possibly still in theatre. Jennie saw a posting for the Executive Assistant position at 24th STreet and was instantly excited because it combined her two loves: theatre and kids. The Arts Education part of what 24th Street did really sold her on applying. Her first year was spent learning every part of our programming, relationships, and work structure. After 5 years, she finally has most of it down and is an invaluable member of the team!
Cindy Marie Jenkins, Communications Director
CINDY MARIE JENKINS is thrilled to be tasked with sharing the inspiring stories coming out of their carriage doors.
Her play Voices From Chornobyl has been performed across Southern California and in the UK to raise money for Chernobyl Children's charities. Her short funny horror story about forgetting to lock your front door appears in the anthology Demonic Household, published by Valerie Willis and Battle Goddess Publishing. Cindy has contributed to The Mom Forum, The Clyde Fitch Report. Dwarf+Giant, The Mary Sue, TCG NATIONAL CONFERENCE on AUDIENCE & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, Ms in the Biz, Bitter Lemons, LAFPI, ArtJob.org (Arts For LA), LA Stage Times, Atwater Village Now, The Inspired Classroom, Theatre @ Boston Court & The Comics Observer.
Cindy was a 2013-14 Center Theatre Group Teaching Artist for the Online Content Student Ambassadors, facilitated a 6-month NEA Digital Collaborative through Theatre Bay Area & LA Stage Alliance and also served on the Steering Committee of Directors Lab West (2010-2014). In 2014 she created, curated and hosted The Lemon Lounge (later See It or Skip It LA, an online arts show dedicated to matchmaking Los Angeles folks with live art to enjoy. She was one of the arts advocates who created the #LAthtr hashtag in 2010 in an attempt to unify the Los Angeles theatre scene.
She lives in Orlando for reasons that require multiple NDA's to explain, with her husband and two sweet pirates. While they nap, she likes to blog about fairy tales and mythology and the role of storytelling in our everyday life.
Miranda Landfield, Arts Education Coordinator
MIRANDA LANDFIELD is an LA native and life-long lover of theatre and arts education. Her parents are actors and they introduced her to the art form before she could speak. She started taking classes at the Colburn School with Artistic Director Debbie Devine at the ripe age of 7 and grew up to be a counselor and then head counselor for Summer Encounter, Colburn's two-week arts intensive for under-served 4th and 5th graders. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She has a passion for arts education and believes in the power of theatre to transform us and allow us to understand ourselves and each other better. She is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the 24th ST team.
Día de los Muertos Event Coordinator
SOPHIA SANCHEZ is super excited to be back at 24th Street Theatre after taking time off earlier this year to become a first-time mama to a wonderful baby boy. She is back this fall to help coordinate their Día de los Muertos festival in November and stage manage La Vispera with Teatro del Pueblo in December. She loves working in theater and is especially passionate about creative projects that bring the fine arts to communities that aren’t traditionally exposed to them, which makes working with the 24th Street Theatre and Teatro del Pueblo a natural fit.
An alumnus of UC Berkeley where she majored in Anthropology, Sophia developed a love for the performing arts while living and going to school in the Bay Area. She has been working in the arts world for over a decade including at La Peña in Berkley, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, the LA Opera, and the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Los Angeles. After a chance gig at CASA 0101 in Boyle Heights led to her falling in love with stage managing, she went on to produce and stage manage many events including Brown and Out, a short play theater festival celebrating the Latino/a LGBTQ experience. She also toured with it in New York at the Fringe NYC Festival and The International Gay Dublin Theatre Festival in Dublin, Ireland. Other stage-managing works include Grace Needs a Mirror at Highways; The Dig and A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story at the Los Angeles Theater Center; Spring Awakening at Pasadena City College; and Tongue of a Bird at Pacific Resident Theatre. Her most recent work was in the Fall of 2017 at 24th Street Theatre with Teatro del Pueblo’s La Vispera.