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Series A


Written by Abby Rosebrock

Directed by Jess Chayes


JESS CHAYES is an award-winning Brooklyn-based director and founding co-artistic director of The Assembly, with whom she has co-created and directed nine original productions, including Seagullmachine (LaMama ETC) and HOME/SICK (NY Times and Backstage Critics’ Pick). Recent directing includes The Flick (Warehouse Theatre), Holidays In/Coyote (The Tank), The Providence of Neighboring Bodies and Latter Days (Dutch Kills), Half Moon Bay (Lesser America), Primal Play (New Georges), The Bachelors (Williamstown Theater Festival), The Sister (Dutch Kills), and The Netflix Plays (Ars Nova). She has developed new work with The Vineyard Theatre, The Playwrights Center and New York Theatre Workshop, among others. Jess is a NYTW Usual Suspect, a 2018 Audrey Resident with New Georges, a co-founder of The New Georges Jam artists’ lab, and alum of The Civilians R&D Group and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Associate Director on Peter and the Starcatcher (Brooks Atkinson Theater and New World Stages) and Misery (Broadhurst Theater). Jess is the recipient of the 2017 Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women.


Written by Chris Bohjalian

Directed by Alexander Dinelaris


ALEXANDER DINELARIS is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner for the screenplay of Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Most recently, Alex adapted the novel Entering Hades into a feature film. Alex is currently adapting his play, Still Life into a feature film, which he will direct this fall. His film, The Year of the Monarchs is in development with Mandalay Entertainment. Alexander is the book writer of The Bodyguard Musical and of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s Broadway musical On Your Feet! Other recent work includes his plays: Red Dog Howls (New York Theater Workshop); Still Life (Manhattan Class Company); The Chaos Theories (Shotgun Theater); and In This, Our Time (Summer Shorts 2011, 59E59). Mr. Dinelaris is a proud member of the Writer’s Guild and the Dramatists Guild.


Written & Directed by Robert O’Hara


ROBERT O’HARA has received the 2018 Herb Alpert Award, NAACP Best Director Award, NAACP Best Play Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, two Obies and the Oppenheimer Award. He directed the world premieres of Nikkole Salter and Dania Guiria’s In the Continuum, Tarell McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2), Colman Domingo’s Wild with Happy, Kirsten Childs’ Bella: An American Tall Tale, as well as his own plays, Mankind, Bootycandy and Insurrection: Holding History. His recent plays Zombie: The American and Barbecue world premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theater and New York Shakespeare Festival, respectively. His recent directing projects include, Kirsten Child’s Bubbly Black Girl at City Center/Encores Off Center, the Universes’ Uni/Son, inspired by the poetry of August Wilson at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He holds a Directing MFA from Columbia University.

Series B


Written by Eric Lane

Directed by Terry Berliner


TERRY BERLINER's Broadway credits as resident and assistant director include The Lion King, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Sound of Music, and The Red Shoes. She has directed Off Broadway, in regional theatres, and universities across the country. This season she wrote and directed the holiday musical One World for a major financial institution. She also directed the first reading of a new musical written by Frank Wildhorn, Rinne Groff and Robin Lerner. Other recent direction and choreography includes Motherfreakinghood at the Peter J. Sharp Theatre; Promising at The Beckett, Theatre Row; Soldier X at Brooklyn College; Return to the Forbidden Planet at SUNY at Buffalo; the A.R.T. New York Gala honoring Jessie Mueller, Andy Truschinski and Joe Solway; and The Cable Car Nymphomaniac (nominated for a Theatre Bay Area award for Outstanding World Premier Musical), at Z Below and The Eureka Theatre, in San Francisco. Ms. Berliner’s new musical Alone in the U.S. (written with Bobby Cronin), has been presented at CAP21, New York Film Academy, Penn State, made its U.K. debut at the University of Cumbria, and won the Outstanding Program of the Year Award at Marymount Manhattan College. For 5 years Ms. Berliner served as a member of Off Broadway’s Lucille Lortel nominating committee. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.


Written by Neil LaBute

Directed by J.J. Kandel


J.J. KANDEL is President and Producing Artistic Director of Throughline Artists, founder of the Summer Shorts Festival of New American Short Plays. Directing credits include Wedding Bash (Summer Shorts 2017); In This, Our Time (Summer Shorts 2011) by Academy Award-winner Alexander Dinelaris. As an actor, film credits include The Mulberry Bush (Tribeca Film Festival); Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker (Best Picture 2010) both directed by Academy Award-winner Kathryn Bigelow. New York theater credits include 10 K written and directed by Neil LaBute; The Mulberry Bush by Neil LaBute directed by Maria Mileaf; The Killing (World Premiere) by William Inge; and Intermission by Will Eno.


Written by Claire Zajdel

Directed by James Reese


JAMES REES is thrilled to be back at SUMMER SHORTS! Two years ago, James participated as an actor, and last year he was here as an Assistant Director. I’m NYC, he directed The Seafarer at 13th St. Rep, and he has also directed Othello and Two Gentlemen from Verona for Richmond Shakespeare Festival in Richmond, VA. Short films include For Hope, What’s Left, and Superwomen