We are passionate about working with youth and other members of the community who may not have been exposed to theatrical arts. Studying the theatrical arts has been proven to be beneficial to learning collaborative skills, communication skills, problem-solving skills, and in the ability to express oneself. These creative skills can contribute to bringing people of different backgrounds and lifestyles together to unify a community. Music, drama, and dance have the ability to cross the perceived boundaries between us and we want to open doors to a future that many may never have dreamed possible.
We are also thrilled to be participating in the already vibrant Pensacola theatre scene by bringing more and more professional productions to the area. Our goal is to produce theatrical events that have never been presented in Pensacola before.
Christine Kellogg – Artistic Director
Christine is a professional director/choreographer. She began her career as a performer on stage, tv, and film before moving into directing/choreographing. Between professional engagements around the country, Christine is excited to now be working with members of the Pensacola community. (www.christinekellogg.com)
Harper Garcia – President
Harper is a professional performer and who has worked in various ballets, plays, and musicals around the country. She has taught at various dance studios in both Florida and Maryland. Harper has a BA in Criminology and has also worked as an investigator in Washington DC. She brings her passion and knowledge of the theatre; her creativity; her enthusiasm; and her business skills to PenArts, Inc.
Barbara Kellogg – Treasurer
Barbara, who has been a local Pensacola resident for 18 years, possesses an MBA from MIT. She has worked both nationally and internationally as an executive for several large corporations. Barbara brings her immense knowledge of computers and business, as well as her intimate knowledge of Pensacola, to the running of PenArts, Inc.
Irene Kellogg – Secretary
Irene brings her multilingual and organizational skills to our program, She is a fan and advocate for our young students. Irene and her husband, Dr. Gordon Kellogg, have been proud residents of Pensacola for over 40 years.
Unissa Cruse-Ferguson – Director
Unissa is a professional performer and instructor. She acquired her BA in Dance from UMD and much of her experience consists of hip hop and modern dance. Unissa has worked as an investigator, as well as an Artistic Director and active member of multiple non-profit dance organizations in the Washington, DC area. She is thrilled to bring her wisdom, enthusiasm, compassion, and creativity to PenArts, Inc. K
K. April Soroko – Board Member
April is Associate Professor of Scenic Design at Florida Atlantic University, Professional Chair for the Florida Theater Conference and a Professional Scenic and Costume Designer. Her Off-Broadway credits include scenery for Napoleon at NYMF; Costumes for Mariage Blanc at Playwrights Horizons. Some regional credits include scenery for Collected Stories, A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and My Old Lady for Palm Beach Dramaworks, scenery for The Tempest, King Lear, and Much Ado About Nothing, costumes for The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at NCShakes, costumes for Manifest at Portland Stage, costumes for The Cure at Troy at Yale Rep, scenery for Pump Boys and Dinettes, scenery and costumes for Androcles and the Lion, The Last Romance, Talley’s Folly, The Savannah Disputation, Race, The 39 Steps, costumes for Native Gardens, The Fabulous Lipitones, and Beehive: The 60s Musical at Florida Studio Theatre. Ms. Soroko is a member of USA Local 829 in both scenery and costumes and holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. www.aprilsoroko.com
PenArts Inc Staff Members
Victoria Grace – Media/Marketing Manager
Danielle Barrie – Outreach Associate