Over the last 25 years, Cindy Monteith has traveled a diverse journey, but in all of its diversity her life has had one constant passion and focus: children, youth, and families. She has been mentor, coach, teacher, director, lecturer, and supporter of children, youth, and families that spans across the globe.
Cindy has been the creative force behind much of which she has been involved. Her federally funded program, “The Heart of Art” in which she worked with elementary schools was successful in offering a space in which children of all levels of learning were able to create an artistic community that showed how the Arts was a place of common expression. She is also a professional Theater Director, one who has a concentration in children’s theater. She is an accomplished actress and musician who also had a professional association with the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York. She has been the Vice-President of the Southeastern Theater Association, a member of the North Carolina Arts council, and is a professional theater adjudicator. Cindy has also been a sought after international speaker, teacher, and singer.
Cindy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College (Theatre Arts, Directing) and a Master of Divinity (Theology) Duke Divinity School, Duke University. She has been invited as a consultant on projects which include the research and publication: "Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers", Oxford University, by Christian Smith, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. She has also been involved with research and practical application with Kenda Creasy Dean, Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton University.
Cindy helped to envision, and was on the grant writing team, for the formation of the Duke Youth Academy at Duke University in which she was its inaugural Program Director. Cindy has also created and established Community programs with local and state government partners along with private sponsors and partnerships. Internationally she has established programs such as 24/12, a Coffee House for teenagers, MSN, a week-long service learning camp for youth, an Arts Village for the Duke Youth Academy, Kreative Kids, and the Kidz Kafe‘.
Cindy has compiled and written a curriculum entitled “Alien Communication”. She leads this as a “hand on” workshop with adolescents and their parents. These workshops have been offered throughout the US and in New Zealand. She has also lectured in several University settings on Developing Youth Leadership, Community Development and Sustainable Engagement, and she has also taught a variety of Theater courses.
In all of these ventures Cindy’s greatest gift has been in receiving the joy when a child, a youth, and a family see what incredible gifts lie within them, and how they can make such a productive difference in the world around them.