Wendy Salkind is an actor who is drawn to the works of writers of heightened and poetic language. Her research has recently focused on the creation of performance pieces from the prose texts of Gertrude Stein. On some of these works she collaborated with the composer, Linda Dusman. She performed her staged reading with Dusman's sonic score of Stein's IDA at Rep Stage in Columbia, Maryland and at the conferences of Women and Theatre and the Modernist Studies Association. Her CD recording of Gertrude Stein Aloud includes her performances of Miss Furr and Miss Skeene for voice and percussion, along with solo readings of other Stein essays. Salkind is known for her performances in the short plays of Samuel Beckett at international Beckett festivals. For ten years she was an Associate Artist with the Maryland Stage Company (MSC), a professional theatre company in Baltimore. With the MSC she performed at Center Stage in the works of Moliere, Shakespeare, Guare and Chekov and at Theatre Project in Pinter. She has performed narrations with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in Walton's Façade and in Anna Rubin's "And Everything Goes Bee" for voice and amplified violin in Women's Work at Greenwich House. She played lead roles in two award winning independent films, Holy Water and Cleave by filmmaker Hollie Lavenstein. Salkind is the Presidential Teaching Professor for 2010-2013 and Professor in the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Theatre, where she served as department chair for twelve years and where she currently teaches acting and movement. She is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and teaches the teacher-training program at AT Mid-Atlantic, Baltimore.
B.F.A. Acting, California Institute of the Arts
M.F.A. Acting, University of California, Davis