The heart of the Dust Bowl Motel project is its volunteers. Over the next few weeks we are going to highlight some of the people who have given so much of their time and talent to produce a show that will be entertaining and leave you with a sense that it was an evening well spent at the theatre. Today we spotlight our two leads, Jennifer Barnes and Dominic Orozco.
Jennifer Barnes – Katie Jo Dawkins
Jennifer has been in love with acting ever since her first role at age 8 as Bullwinkle in a local North Carolina production of Rocky and Bullwinkle. She spent a summer training in a rigorous program of acting, voice and movement at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, which turned her on to the idea of further professional training. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. While there, she studied at the Meisner Studio and spent a semester abroad in London training in Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Jennifer spent time in both New York and Los Angeles, acting on both stage and screen, before finding herself here in Texas. One of her favorite acting gigs in New York was her season as a gypsy and magician's assistant at the New York Renaissance Faire. (Shh! Don't ask how she survived the box of knives, because she won't tell!) In Los Angeles, Jennifer had the pleasure of being a part of the LA premiere of Blank, a new play by Bruce Reisman, which is currently being made into a feature film.
Among her favorite theatre roles were Mary Magdalene and the Angel Gloria in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Nora in A Doll's House, and Boo in Blue Window. Jennifer was last seen in Huntsville Community Theatre's production of Jake's Women as Molly at age 21. She is excited to make her Crighton Theatre debut and would like to thank her husband, her family, and her four cats and dog for their love and support.
Dominic Orozco – Dusty Wagner
Dominic Orozco is an awarding winning writer and producer/director/actor from Los Angeles, California with over 20 years experience in the film and stage industry. His career began with a Latin performance of Beatus Vir, by Vivaldi in New York’s historic Carnegie Hall in 1991. After winning the Richard Scott Handley Scholarship for creative writing, he began his film career in the early 90s working as a PA and script doctor on numerous films during the Los Angeles Indie Movement. In