Helene Simkin Jara is an award-winning author, actor, director and teacher. Her poems, stories, and plays have been published over 32 times, and have won various awards.
In September 2020, Helene published her third book, Turn Left at the Gorilla and Turn Down the Hall: and Other Stories. This collection of short stories runs the gamut from humor to tragedy, taking the reader on a ride within the human and sometimes not so human experience. Her self-published first book Because I Had To was on Kindle’s best-seller list in July 2014. She followed this success with her second book, True Doll Stories We Remember, an anthology of personal accounts of experiences with dolls. Helene recently finished her fourth book, Life On The Stand, a memoir of her time working as an artist’s model, soon to be published.
Helene is an active member of the Bay Area theatre scene. In September 2020, Helene was featured in SidexSide, a Zoomed play reading of three short plays by Jory Post, presented by 36 North Playwright’s Collective. She is also a frequent collaborator with Santa Cruz Actors Theatre, and directed ta new play, Ditmas, for the 2022 8 Tens at 8 Festival.
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