Rodney Gilbert (Artist Director) is the founder and CEO of Yendor Arts/Yendor Productions, a, boutique arts organization in Newark, NJ. Yendor 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 and is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he earned a BFA. A recent NJ Governor’s Award receipient. An actor, director, producer, educator, and arts advocate having recently directed the world premiere of Chisa Hutchinson’s “New World Disorder” and in pre-production for Pia Wilson’s “Down Neck” Newark’s 350 Anniversery play. He can be seen in Newark’s International Film Festival in“The Driver” as the lead character Daryl.
He is an Arts Educator for the Kennedy Centers’ Wolftrap Program in NJ, as well as the Director of the Writers program for Playwrights Theater of NJ. He developed for Yendor Productions the afterschool arts education program “ZOOM” for the City of Newark.
He is the Senior Program Director for the Newark Murals Program, which Yendor is the Lead Arts organization which manages this program. He has developed numerous workshops on arts education including symposiums for Steve Adabato’s Stand and Deliver program, developing their current curriculum. He has conducted workshops as far as Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mr. Gilbert is also a member of the Actors Equity Association, a Leadership Newark Fellow, a Victoria Foundation Emerging Leader 2015 and an Audelco Award Nominee. He was recently presented with an Award in Civic Engagement by Drew University.