When the New York Times published a list of people “standing up for theater” in the employment and creative void created by the COVID-19 pandemic last year — it included names like Andrew Lloyd Webber, Paula Vogel and South Kingstown’s own Jenna Doolittle.
A Rhode Island native who appeared on the stages of the South County Players, Trinity Repertory Company, The Granite Theatre and City Nights Dinner Theatre, Doolittle carved a niche for herself in Los Angeles as an actor (“American Horror Story,” “Scandal”) and as a career coach guiding other actors.
As the entertainment industry struggled and scores were left without work, she says her coaching instincts kicked into high gear. She was fielding questions and quelling fears when she decided to create a vehicle to get a variety of helpful information in one place.
The result is a free weekly newsletter called Actors Rise after the name of the coaching business she launched just a few months before the pandemic began. Inside each issue, Doolittle tucks details such as open auditions, free sessions with the casting director of the television show “NCIS,” details on available grants, community mental health resources and tips for self-care during a very anxious time.