The mission of the Black Rebirth Collective is to connect, nurture and support actors as they enter the creative process, whether through training, readings, or productions, while remaining rooted in the cultural expression that is found throughout the African diaspora and in the principle of Ujima - Collective work and responsibility.
The BRC Goals
To provide a safe space for artists of color
To create untold and unapologetic narratives from diverse un-mined cultural diasporas
To explore classical texts written by artists of color and re-imagine their purpose and impact in today's world, and
To engage disenfranchised youth by encouraging them to unplug from technology to discover the joy of play, and empower their voices through theatre
Meet the CORE
Founder and Artistic Director
Kimberly Hébert is a combination of undeniable humor, clarity, intelligence and strength. You know her best from her roles in HBO’s Vice Principals, ABC’s Kevin Probably Saves the World, Better Call Saul, Two and Half Men and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. She starred in two previous shows at The Geffen Playhouse, Barbecue and By the Way Meet Vera Stark, earning Drama Desk and Lucille Lortell nominations, as well as an NAACP award. She holds two degrees, a BA in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from The University of Chicago. Kimberly is an advocate for families and special needs children, and a voice for mental health services in underserved communities. She is an actor, a thinker, an advocate, a mother, and a friend.
Tamela is ecstatic about the Black Rebirth Collective! She is the Executive Director for Only Make Believe, a nonprofit organization that creates and performs interactive theatre for children in hospitals, care facilities, and special education programs. She has worked as a Teaching Artist with the New Victory Theater, American Place Theater, New York Public Radio, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Disney Theatrical Productions.
Acting credits include: TELEVISION & FILM: One Life to Live, Law and Order: SVU, Sex & the City, Friends. NATIONAL TOUR: NPR Presents: Water +/.OFF-BROADWAY: When Last We Flew, 2010 NY Fringe Festival (Winner – Outstanding Play); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Trojan Women, Classical Theatre of Harlem. REGIONAL THEATRE: Gee’s Bend, Hartford Stage; Doubt, You Can’t Take It With You, Pioneer Theatre Company; Doubt, Portland Stage Company; Yellowman, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Same Train, The Collard Green: Contribution by Cornbread Divas, The John Montgomery Theatre Company.
She received her BFA from Howard University and completed the two-year professional acting program at William Esper Studio in New York City.
Artistic Associate/ Playwright in Residence
Kelly M. Jenrette, a native of Atlanta, now resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Melvin Jackson Jr. She and her husband published a children's book entitled The Adventures of Jimmy the Fly. Her most recent work has been on the second season of the hit anthology show Manhunt: Lone Wolf (Lionsgate/Charter). She can currently be seen as Winona on the Facebook Watch Original LIMETOWN. Kelly also had the incredible opportunity to star alongside Jeffrey Wright in the Netflix film All Day and a Night. Other recent film projects include: Back To The Goode Life (BET Her) and Uncorked (Netflix). Most notably, Kelly can be seen in Season 2, Episode 4 of The Handmaid's Tale on HULU, where her portrayal of Annie garnered her an Emmy Nomination. Kelly has also been a series regular on the Fox comedy, Grandfathered, starring John Stamos; She's had recurring guest star roles on Here and Now (HBO), Pitch (FOX) and Graves (EPIX). You may also remember her from her twelve Kmart commercials as Kmart Kelly! Kelly was a part of the 13 time Ovation Nominated Musical, The Color Purple at Celebration Theatre, where her portrayal of Nettie earned her an individual Ovation Nomination for best featured actress. Other TV credits include: Fuller House (Netflix), Weird Loners (FOX), The Haunted Hathaways (Nickelodeon), Happy Endings (ABC), Frisky Dingo, VO (Cartoon Network) WEB SERIES: Mommy Uncensored Episode 2 (YouTube), Much Ado About Mr. GQ (YouTube/FunnyorDie) and Study Buddy (YouTube).
Artistic Associate/ PR/ Social Media
DANIELLE PINNOCK currently stars in the hit CBS Comedy, Young Sheldon, the spinoff to the popular, multi-Emmy award-winning television series The Big Bang Theory. The single-camera, half-hour comedy was created by Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro who executive produce with Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons and was recently renewed for a third and fourth season. Pinnock is currently working with DreamWorks and Cartoon Network on multiple animation projects. Pinnock is also the co-creator of the viral Instagram account, Hashtag Booked. In 50 seconds or less, Hashtag Booked captures a raw slice of the #actorslife through improvised sketches. With over 1.2 million views online, this account is taking social media and the entertainment industry by storm. In addition, Pinnock is also an accomplished playwright. Her one-woman show, Body/Courage, premiered at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago in 2016 and is a tour- de-force. Through multiple characters, Pinnock gives voice to the complexity of living and loving one’s body. Body/Courage was awarded the prestigious 2016 TimeOut Theatre Award.
Pinnock is a graduate of Temple University and received her MA in Acting with First Distinction Honors from the Birmingham School of Acting (United Kingdom). She has studied with famed solo performer and documentary theater playwright Anna Deavere Smith and is a Bob Curry Fellow with The Second City Chicago. Pinnock is originally from Teaneck, New Jersey and is of Jamaican-American heritage. She lives in Los Angeles and continues to write and support diverse artists voices through her company IronPrint Artists.
Board of Directors
Karen Gutierrez, Chair
An avid theatre goer and supporter, Karen has been in service to one of Los Angeles’ most lauded theatres, the Geffen Playhouse, for 15 years. She currently serves as the Geffen’s Director of Advertising and Audience Development.
Board of Directors Members
Kelly M. Jenrette
Sterling K. Brown
Wren T. Brown
Yvette Nicole Brown