The Florida Theatre

Untold Stories - Spring

The Florida Theatre

Untold Stories - Spring

Event Details

Musical Curation: Krishna Achath

Krishna Achath is an artist and musician who grew up in India and now resides in Riverside, Jacksonville. He is a member of the Art League of Jacksonville, where he practices his art and occasionally teaches. His works were exhibited locally and selected by the Cultural Council's Public Art Program in Lavilla.


As a percussionist, he has played and recorded professionally for a variety of bands and musicians. He thrives on active community engagement: and serves as a board member for Streams of Sound; he also currently hosts an open mic every second Saturday at Bold Bean Cafe, Riverside, a community platform to exchange music and stories. For his day job, he owns and operates an engineering consulting company.  Above all, he is an avid traveler - which he believes is the best way to refine one's music, art, and storytelling.


Haley Tinkle

Haley Tinkle, a proud third-generation resident of Jacksonville, is deeply committed to cultivating community. Known for her vibrant style, infectious laugh, and supportive presence, she has the gift of brightening anyone’s day. Haley pours her heart and soul into Duval through Downtown Vision. Outside of the downtown office, she serves as the hotline to our most beloved neighborhoods, you can catch her in Riverside/Avondale, The Railyard District, Phoenix Arts District, Springfield, and Out East.

In her free time, this award-winning event planner enjoys gallivanting through local thrift and antique stores and spending precious time with family, friends, and fur babies.

Adam Madrid

Adam Madrid is a filmmaker in Jacksonville, Florida. He is a co-creator of LOL JAX Film Festival and is the co-city producer of the JAX 48 Hour Film Project. In 2017, he worked for  PRI Productions as a videographer and photographer capturing iconic moments at events such as Jacksonville Jazz Festival, NASA / Space X launch, performances by Celine Dion and Jill Scott, NCAA March Madness tournaments, presidential speeches, and NFL events.  His independent feature film “Let Me Be Corey” with Argyle Forest Films is set to be released. He just started his latest career adventure as a Film Production Coordinator for the City of Jacksonville Film and Television Office. Adam’s mission is to continue shining a light on the Jacksonville film community that is overflowing with talented creatives.

Alexis Alexander

Meet Alexis, the Jacksonville-based artist whose journey from Ohio to Florida has been a captivating tale of transformation. She graduated from Bowling Green State University and began her career as a Registered Nurse in 2009, but Alexis is now penning a new chapter as a painter and a creative facilitator in the non-profit sector. Interestingly, before Alexis ever moved out of Ohio, a psychic predicted her journey to Jacksonville - and she was 100% correct!

Mike Favo

Mike Favo was born fourth of nine in Oakmont, PA .  He wrote his first story, "Gravedigger McBigger" in the fourth grade.  His writing was inspired by the wild tales told nightly by his siblings at the dinner table.  A degree in engineering led to a semi-nomadic career in manufacturing, including Iowa where he found his dream girl.  Iowa was followed by Detroit, Chicago, Pleasanton, CA, Greenville, MS, and Jacksonville in 2006.  Mike is still active in manufacturing, working with the great team at JinKO Solar.


Mary Strickland

Mary Strickland is a New Jersey native who moved to Jacksonville in 2012 to marry her high school sweetheart and start a new life in Florida. She’s a baby boomer from a large Irish Catholic family where the kids were rowdy and the fables many. It explains why she talks so fast! Mary always wanted to get up on stage and try to make people laugh. This is her chance!

Aaron Gottlieb

Aaron Gottlieb, a Jacksonville native and Emory University anthropology graduate, has carved a distinct niche in the natural food retail industry with Native Sun Natural Foods Markets. His business reflects a respect for clean, organic food, highlighted by a community-centric business model. Inspired by his father's mentorship, Aaron's leadership has propelled Native Sun into a nationally recognized brand synonymous with quality and integrity.


Aaron's dedication to the Jacksonville Beach community and his "think globally, act locally" ethos continue to drive Native Sun's evolution, making it a hub for healthy foods and a supporter of local vendors, all while fostering a nurturing environment for his employees.

Musical Curation: Yael

Yael in Zaza,  former “Yael & Gabriel” band member, is a French / Israeli singer, musician, actress and composer.


Yael in Zaza plays music from all over the world in 10 different languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Hebrew.  They have performed Internationally: France, Israel, Russia, Brazil, Argentina. The music is progressive influenced by Gypsy Jazz, French music, Flamenco and Latin Vibes.


Yael graduated as a Master of Jazz Music at the Queens College in 2014.  She was the opening Act of the Latin Grammy Winner Leo Dan, performing in the biggest venues across United States: Microsoft in Los Angeles, B.B.King in New York, Howard Theatre in Washington  D.C, Coliseum Theatre in Austin.



May 2024