Carol Mayo Jenkins was born and raised in Knoxville, attended Salem Academy and Vanderbilt. She trained for the theatre in London, spent 4 years with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, made her Broadway debut as Natasha in William Ball’s production of The Three Sisters. In New York, she did a number of Broadway and Off-Broadway plays including Oedipus Rex, with John Cullum, First Monday In October with Henry Fonda and Jane Alexander, and The Suicide, with Derek Jacobi. She also played leading roles in regional theatres across the country. Moving to Los Angeles, she spent five years on the award-winning television series, Fame. She continued to work in film and television, while, again, playing great theatre roles in Cleveland, Denver, Seattle, San Diego and several plays in San Jose, including By the Bog of Cats, with Holly Hunter. Edward Albee cast her as Martha in his production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?, which toured the US, Lithuania, and Russia. In 2001, she chose to return to Knoxville, joining the faculty of the Theatre Department at UT.