March 22, 2023
Flint has been a leader in the fine arts world for over 100 years, and that is exemplified by the incredible history the area has for sending people to the top of the profession. That includes Flint Central graduate Frank Price who went on to rewire Hollywood on both the television and motion pictures side of the ledger. There is also Nancy Kovack, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and others both in front of the camera and behind it, on stage and directing the stage.
After Price and those others, though, there is one name that stands out for helping to craft successful and influential entertainment stories. And that next name that pops out at you is Martin Jennings. Not only did Jennings completely revitalize the theater arts program at Flint Central after starting his journey at Grand Blanc High, he has continue on with this mission for an astounding 40+ years!
His students have included Ben Cain, featured on CIS and other hit shows, and multi-Emmy and Annie Award winner Ernie Gilbert, and then Broadway and Hollywood Stage Director, Kristin Newhouse. Now, Jennings is at Flint Powers Catholic continuing to make entertainment magic with the students there.
Jennings is an absolute jewel of the community and has helped to continue the theater and fine arts level of excellence onward. It’s a story of education and teaching excellence, masterful mentoring, and creative and innovative genius. In other words, the perfect story to the told right here- with Fish- in the ever lovin’ Aquarium!