Carol Mayo Jenkins was born and raised in Knoxville, attended Salem Academy and Vanderbilt, appeared in her first play, The Petrified Forest, on the Carousel stage with John Cullum. 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, again 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 – Olivia, Helena, and Beatrice at Great Lakes Shakespeare in Cleveland, Lady M. in Atlanta, Regan and Mrs. Linde in Beverly, Mass., Nurse Ratched in Pittsburgh, and many others. 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 United States, Lithuania, and Russia. In 2001, she chose to return to Knoxville, joining the faculty of the Theatre Department at U.T., teaching and continuing to work with the Clarence Brown Theatre.  So she understands coming home… the need to come home, to re-investigate the beginning. She would like to dedicate this performance to her family and all the people in Knoxville who have made coming home possible.