Rodney Gilbert

photo of Rodney Gilbert
Recorded by: 
Christina
Strasburger
Interview Date: 
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Location: 
Rutgers University-Newark

Rodney Gilbert (July 27, 1967 - November 8, 2017) was the founder and CEO of Yendor Productions, a Newark-based firm that consults, develops, and produces arts education programming and events. Yendor Productions was founded in 2003 to meet the challenges for the under served artists and communities. Mr. Gilbert has worked in professional theatre for over thirty years. He was a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he earned a BFA.  He served the arts community through acting instruction for various institutions and organization as one of the leading teaching artists in the tri-state area. He oversaw the theatre program for Newark Public Schools, Extended Day and served as the lead teacher and liaison to its Drew University Theatre partnership for which he co-created the curriculum. At Drew University he was an Adjunct Professor for the Theatre Department teaching acting, directing, and introduction of speech with a focus on extemporaneous speaking.  He was an Arts Educator for the Kennedy Centers’ Wolftrap program here in NJ, as well as the Director of the Writers program for Playwrights Theater. He developed for Yendor Productions the afterschool arts education program “ZOOM” for the city of Newark.

He was the Senior Program Manager for the Newark Murals Program, for which Yendor is the Lead Arts organization that manages this program. He has developed numerous workshops on arts education including symposiums for Steve Adabato’s Stand and Deliver program, developing their curriculum. He has conducted workshops as far as Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr. Gilbert was also a member of the Actors Equity Association, a Leadership Newark Fellow, and an Audelco Award Nominee. He was recently presented with an Award in Civic Engagement by Drew University.

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Photo credit: Tamara Fleming Photography