Sharna Jenkins aka "Ms. J"
A graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Performing arts in New York City’s Lincoln Center, spent her entire childhood surrounded by the arts, beginning with grade school all the way to High School as a vocal major. Ms. McCullough-Jenkins spent her four years at LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts studying Opera, Jazz, Music Theater and Theater writing where she went on to study the Robert McKee story structure along with other script writing techniques.
Over the last 20 years Sharna (known too many as Ms. J) has expanded her writing collection to include over fifty poems, a series of screenplays and theatrical plays. Sharna has written and published a book of Poetry titled “Content Style & Expression” her poems received great feedback from audiences throughout New York City. This talented writer has completed several full-length screenplays under her creative writing belt along with amazing television show ideas waiting to be unleashed into the creative world.
In September of 2002 Tupu Kweli, a well renowned theater company in New York City, produced a three-week run of Mrs. Jenkins’s dramatic play, Daddy’s Girl. This Off-Broadway production performed at the Trilogy Theater in New York’s famous Theater District, received wondrous reviews with Nytheatre.com and its audiences.
Over the last fifteen years, Sharna has spent a lot of her time voluntarily working with young people, introducing them to theater, bringing the experience to life by using her original works to focus on real issues teenagers face on a daily basis. She has worked with children and teens from Baldwin, Uniondale, Freeport, Roosevelt, West Hempstead, Hempstead, Queens and Brooklyn New York. One of her greatest accomplishments has been her Anti-bullying assembly involving actors, improvs and open discussions with students about the cause and effects of bullying. This theatrical program has made great strides and has been highly requested for several years.
Mrs. Jenkins is also known for her volunteer work where she kept the doors of her home open to the teens in her community for many years continuously assisting them with tapping into their hidden talents and artistic goals.
In 2011, Ms. J created a teen theater group comprised of High School and College students. Her original dramatic plays incorporated dance and original music. Their June 2011 performance of her original work “Four Hours Equals a Lifetime” received great reviews and amazing feedback from parents, School officials, its audiences and local news media. Her second production “The Hallway” a play that focused on bullying and suicide ran for four years due to massive request for the production from various Schools and youth organizations all over the Tri-State.
In October of 2012, Mrs. Jenkins was recognized by the NAACP New York State youth and College division for her participation in their 76th annual youth convention. The cast of Theater in Motion performed their hit play “The Hallway” about the harmful side of bullying.
In June of 2011 Mrs. Jenkins was recognized by the town of Hempstead, New York for her continued community service and in 2013 she was honored with the Pathfinders Woman’s Award under the arts for her commitment to the youth.
Sharma’s new 2016 season started with her successful production “Like me, Love me, Love you” a play about loving yourself before you can love anyone else. This phenomenal production ran from 2016 – 2019 on a College tour and an Off-Broadway run in New York’s theater district.
Ms. J can also be credited for creating and writing the performance script and opening monologue for the early start of popular new artist Cardi B’s first Statewide tour “The Underestimated Cardi B and friends Tour” which introduced this major star to the world as a rap artist on the rise.
Ms. J ‘s original ten-episode dramatic series “Sister’s Keeper” on Amazon Prime is taking the world by storm with over four million minutes streamed and a five-star viewers rating. Ms. J is proud of the feedback she is receiving on her writing and directing with Sister’s Keeper!
Sharna (Ms. J) Jenkins is a dope writer on the rise!