Melanie Marie Ford
Playwright, Director, Composer, Choreographer
Melanie Marie Ford, born and raised in New Brunswick, NJ, has over 20 years of professional theater experience on and off the stage. Having graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, she began her career performing in the Off-Broadway production, “Shades of Harlem,” which premiered at the Village Gate in New York and toured the United States, Italy and France.
For ten years, she worked as a theater administrator at Crossroads Theatre Company in New Jersey. During her tenure, she was the Director of the African American College Initiative Program (AACIP), a professional collaboration with historically black colleges and universities that included workshops, internships, faculty/student exchanges and arts advocacy initiatives.
She also served as Director of Crossroads’ Community and Education Department, servicing more than 15,000 youth and adult audiences.
Melanie is the writer, director, composer and choreographer of Another Chance, A Gospel Musical Drama. In 1998 she made her directorial debut for the show’s critically acclaimed run at Crossroads Theatre. She also distinguished herself as the Producer of the Another Chance CD, having composed 10 original songs.
The 2019 re-mounting of Another Chance promises to be a spectacular presentation with new original music and choreography. Equally exciting, Another Chance is now part of a trilogy. Melanie has written two sequels to Another Chance, both gospel musical dramas, with 26 original songs, that chronicles DJ’s journey as he navigates through life.
Melanie Marie Ford has been an employee of the City of New Brunswick for 22 years; having worked as the Assistant to the City Administrator for 6 years, and 16 years as the Director of the New Brunswick Senior Citizen Resource Center. Most recently, Melanie was appointed as the Director of Social Services for the City of New Brunswick in which she oversees 5 departments.
Melanie has been happily married to Emmanuel Ford, Esq. for 31 years; and is a proud parent of their daughter Tiana Marie Ford, who is the Assistant Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University.
Emmanuel Ford, Esq.
Emmanuel Ford, Esq. is a successful entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in business planning, marketing, and producing theatrical productions and special events. He is a graduate of Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, and later obtained a Juris Doctorate degree from the American University-Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. Emmanuel was a partner in the law firm of Ford & Gilliam, handling contracts and management matters in sports and entertainment (including basketball, boxing, music and film).
He also served as Vice President of W.A.R. Boxing, Inc., a flagship organization that promoted boxing shows and managed the careers of the late Howard Davis, Jr. (Olympic Gold Medalist) and Imamu Mayfield (former IBF Cruiserweight Champion). Emmanuel developed a marketing and sales component, assisting his late brother and W.A.R. Boxing’s Founder/President, Curtis Ford, in building an audience base of thousands of boxing fans throughout NJ, NY, and PA.
As a native of New Brunswick, NJ, Emmanuel always had a desire to give back to his community. Hence, he is the Founder and Executive Director of the New Brunswick Education Foundation (NBEF), a non-profit organization designed to equip and inspire youth to strive for excellence in education and in life. To date, NBEF has administered over half a million dollars in college scholarships; as well as over half a million dollars in STEM programs to benefit New Brunswick youth.
As President and CEO of Dreams Come True Productions, Inc., Emmanuel has produced “sold out performances” of Another Chance, having reached thousands of multicultural audiences through his leadership and marketing expertise. Now with the remounting of Another Chance, Emmanuel and his team intend to take the show to another level. He is married to his wife of 31 years, Melanie Marie Ford, the show’s playwright and director, and is a proud father of their daughter Tiana Marie Ford, M.Ed.
Bishop E. Earl Jenkins
Bishop E. Earl Jenkins, a native of New Brunswick, NJ, is Founder/Senior Pastor of the True Love Center and Founder/President of TLC’s Preschool Academy in Hamilton, NJ.He served for 5 years as Chief Financial Officer for the Covenant Ecumenical Fellowship of Cathedral Assemblies Reformation; and worked as an itinerant consultant where he was responsible for business development and restoration. Bishop Jenkins is an accomplished recording artist, singer, musician, song writer and producer. He and his brother Carl, aka the Jenkins Brothers, are McDonald’s Gospel Fest winners, Natalie Cole’s Big Break runners up and 5-time Gospel Academy winners.
The Jenkins Brothers also became Savoy Records recording artists, having garnered hits with their first album, He Set Me Free and What a Friend. They later formed the Jenkins Brother’s Music Development Center in Hamilton, NJ, which provides vocal and instrumental music instruction to singers and musicians of all levels.
Bishop Jenkins has a Bachelor of Theology degree from Eastern Bible College and a Master of Theology degree from Freedom Bible College and Seminary. He is also a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Youth Exercise Specialist (YES), and Certified Life Coach which he obtained from John Maxwell; and, most recently, he earned his certification as a “Personal Trainer” from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Moreover, Bishop Jenkins is impacting lives both inside and outside the church as a Life Coach, Personal Trainer and Spiritual Counselor with his F3 System: Faith, Fit & Forever.
Throughout his career, he has proven to be a multi-faceted and talented individual. He is the author of “Don’t Hate Your Enemies Just Step on Them” and “The Open Faced Sandwich.” Furthermore, he is a NAACP Freedom Award recipient, New Brunswick High School Hall of Distinguished Alumni inductee, and serves on boards of several corporate and nonprofit organizations. Above all he’s most proud of his wife, Sheila and his family.
Carl Jenkins is a gifted creative artist having begun writing music at the tender age of 9. By the time he turned 11 years old, he served as the Director for 5 different choirs. Since those early years, he has continuously and diligently shared his musical talents with numerous churches, schools and organizations, having provided vocal techniques and methods to well-known recording artists and rising performers.
Carl was featured on his most recent album release “Joyful Journey.” He is also the producer, writer, director and star of his gut-busting comedy DVD, “Dat Boy Crazy.”
Additionally, he is the founder of the City Wide Youth Choir in the Trenton, NJ area. This group is comprised of young people, ages 12 to 20, from various churches, music groups and communities from all over New Jersey, who perform in an annual concert.
Furthermore, he expanded his writing talents with the theatrical shorts, “Prodigal Son” and “Jesus is Coming to Dinner” in the late 1990s. These projects have evolved into his critically acclaimed production, “After the Cross.”
Having made his mark in the music Industry for more than 30 years, Carl founded C-Line Entertainment in 2011 and, along with his brother Bishop E. Earl Jenkins, has produced numerous shows that feature top-notch talent especially in their annual “Christmas with the Jenkins Brothers and Friends,” and their most recent production, “The Balance of Love,” which received rave reviews.
Carl earned a degree from the Academy of Business Careers in Computer Programming and Operations; and is a proud alumnus of the Ernie Scott School of Vocal Training and Development. He is also the recipient of the NAACP Music Achievement Award; Men of Distinction Award; and Leading Man in Music Honor Award.
He is a native of New Brunswick, NJ and serves as Director of Music and Performing Arts at the True Love Center. Moreover, Carl is a loving husband to his wife, Tina, and proud dad of their daughters T’Cara and Trinity.