OUR VIRTUAL ACTING CLASS
(Group Age 13-14)
CJ was born in St. Louis, MO, one of seven hearing children born to Deaf parents who communicate in American Sign Language. At age 7 he was struck very ill with spinal meningitis, and consequently lost his hearing. After he became deaf, he attended Missouri School for the Deaf (MSD), which teaches in his native American Sign Language. After his illness, CJ’s residual hearing was too good to qualify for MSD. So his deaf father, Clarence, fought the MO school system to get CJ a place in the all deaf school. In this communication rich environment he flourished from a shy hearing boy into a deaf leader. He was class president, a cub scout, varsity football quarterback, a state pole vault record holder, and voted class valedictorian.
CJ played Joseph in the 2017 summer hit "Baby Driver", directed by Edgar Wright and co-starring Ansel Elgort. This role made CJ the first black deaf actor in an international Blockbuster. Also in 2017 he played Uriah, a leading role, in the indie horror film "Door in the Woods" directed by Chase Goforth.
Soon you can see him as Odin in "Castle Rock", a HULU Original production written by Stephen King.
CJ is thrilled to be working with the brilliant James Cameron on the Avatar Sequels. CJ will be seen this season of United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.
CJ never sits still. He has developed 3 one man shows that have toured the US, Japan, Sweden, Australia, Ecuador, and Canada. He co-wrote and directed 6 classic fairytales for children’s television, a series called “Once Upon A Sign”. CJ produced the International Sign Language Theater Festival, which hosted theater artists from all over the US, Russia, and Mexico. CJ’s perseverance and talent make him ready to tackle any role.
CJ is a legend in the deaf world, acclaimed for his humor and inspiration. He has done it all: TV, movies, educational films, and theater. He has toured with his stand up comedy all over the world. He continues to use his never-ending passion in acting, producing, and directing to give back to the deaf and sign language community.
For Kids and Teens
We are thrilled to offer 2 virtual and interactive acting classes this summer July 2020 for the Deaf and Hard of hearing students and CODA students for 10-12 years old students and 13-14 years old students.
Our virtual classes are designed to be a place of encouragement, support and community for young deaf, hard of hearing artists and have a complete access to sign language and help them on their journey of creation and create new talent.
We have created an exciting, fun, and creative exercises that really engage with students on the digital platform where you can improve your acting skills and be prepared to audition for future TV or film.
We will cover:
Acting Technique: Improvisation
Character and Script Work
Create your own stories for the stage and screen Develop self taping
The classes will begin on Saturdays, July 11 - August 15 from 10:00AM to 12:00pm for six weeks. All of our classes will be virtually via Zoom.
These classes will be taught by CJ Jones and Krissy Lemon. We also provide private coaching by appointment.
Now, more than ever, we are able to offer an opportunity for our family of deaf, hard of hearing, and CODA actors to join the classes from anywhere in the world.
The fee for six weeks is $250 per students.
(Group Age 10-12)
Krissy Lemon is a Puerto Rican-American versatile actress for seven years. She became deaf at the age of 5 and her immediate family are deaf as well.
Growing up in Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, she found her passion on stage and was involved in the dance program when she was eight years old. She was cast as Sarah Norman in “Children of a Lesser God” at a local community theatre. Afterwards, she enrolled at the Florida School of the Art and graduated with an AA degree in Acting at FLOARTS. She received “Against the Odds” LeRoy Alumni Award (voted by State of Florida collegiate) for being the only deaf student/actress in her college who pursued her dreams successfully regardless of her deafness.
In 2016, she was a traveling performer with RIT/NTID’s Sunshine 2.0 troupe. She performed at many schools in the northeastern area (deaf, mainstream and public) to educate the importance of STEM through performance and to present workshops.
Krissy worked as an assistant dance instructor at Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind [FSDB Dance Troupe]. Her responsibility includes working with individual students on their talent for their upcoming performance and overseeing class when needed. She also worked as an After-School Recreation Staff overseeing and creating fun activities ranging elementary to high school. She enjoyed teaching painting with kids.
In 2018, She worked with CJ Jones at VSA (Very Special Arts), for a one week artist-in-residency workshop/performance with deaf children in a mainstream school in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Her previous film work was “Tacet.” She played a deaf edgy musician named Luna. At the Independent Shorts Award, she won platinum Best Acting Duo with her acting partner, Virgo Martinez in “Tacet.” The short film also won several awards such as Best LGBTQ Short and Best Women Short. The film has been selected in film festivals internationally and won other awards too.
She was in the Deaf West’s spring production of Orphée. She played as Azrael and Clerk. This summer, she is co-leading in an upcoming new TV series.
$25 per week *
*Zoom meeting password will renew every week. It will be accessible via email once payments are received.