ABOUT THE FESTIVAL STAFF
Producing Artistic Director
J.J. founded and has produced the SUMMER SHORTS festival since 2007, launched the STAGE TO SCREEN INITIATIVE in 2014, and founded Throughline Artists, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) in 2010. The creation of Throughline Artists ensures a future for these programs, and allows J.J. to continue to bring together and work with great people.
As an actor, his Film and television credits include: The Chuck with Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts; Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker (Best Picture 2010) both directed by Academy Award® winner Kathryn Bigelow; 10 K (Santa Barbara International Film Festival) and The Mulberry Bush (2016 Tribeca Film Festival) both written and directed by Neil LaBute; We Need To Talk About Kevin; Billy & Billie (DIRECTV); and Law & Order. New York theater credits include: 10K and The Mulberry Bush by Neil LaBute; Falling Short and Jonathan's Blaze both directed by Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner Alexander Dinelaris; The Killing (World Premiere) by William Inge; Sundance directed by Matthew Penn; Intermission by Will Eno; and The Great Pretenders with Amy Irving. He is an actor member of Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, SAG-AFTRA, and Actors’ Equity Association.
2018 Assistant Producer
Sarah is thrilled to be joining the production team of Throughline Artists! Sarah is a producer, actor, writer and musician. For the previous two seasons of SUMMER SHORTS, Sarah was Assistant Director for Playing God (directed by Maria Mileaf; written by Alan Zweibel) and The Helpers (directed by Jessi D. Hill; written by Cusi Cram). Sarah’s production credits include: The Soothing System (Executive Producer & co-writer; short film), Lucky Penny (Associate Producer; Harold Clurman Lab Theatre), Two Rooms (Executive Producer; Theatre Lab). As an actor, her regional theatre credits include: Worcester Shakespeare Company: Othello (Emilia), Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Page), Merchant of Venice (Nerissa). Other NYC credits include: Two Rooms (Lainie). Sarah is a featured soloist with Studio Senakwami’s annual concerts at The Appel Room (Jazz @ Lincoln Center). www.sarahcronk.com
2017 ARTISTIC ASSOCIATES
jesse cameron alick
Jesse is a poet, playwright, producer and Zen Master. Jesse is Company Dramaturg at the Public Theater, freelance producer and playwright. Jesse is also a freelance journalist and essayist. Jesse studied writing with playwright Adrienne Kennedy and taught a theater course at Lewis and Clark College. Jesse has had essays, articles and poetry published by High Contrast Review, XY, A&U, POZ, The Errorist, Courier Life, Smokin Word Publications and Random House. He has been commissioned to write work for Streetlight Productions, Freedom Train Productions, Working Man’s Clothes and Subjective Films. His work has been heard at locations that include Cherry Lane Theater (Downtown Urban Theater Festival), Asian American Writers Workshop (co-produced by New York Theater Workshop), Collective Unconscious, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Museum of the City of New York (produced by Harlem Arts Alliance), CSV, Blue Heron, Bowery Poetry Club, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Ohio Theater, Dixon Place, 78th street theater lab, The Red Room, The Crystal Theater (MT), The Columbus Performing Arts Center (OH), The Poetry Café (UK) and Hip Heaven (UK). Jesse’s play Turncoats was workshopped at the Old Vic Theatre in London as part of their young artist exchange program and his play Come Back To Me was performed in the Shakespeare in Paradise festival in the Bahamas. Jesse was also a founding member and Artistic Director for Subjective Theatre Company.
Kate is thrilled to be joining SUMMER SHORTS again for her third consecutive season. Credits include, New York: Out of the Mouths of Babes (upcoming), Nora, To The Bone (Cherry Lane Theatre), New York Animals (Bedlam), The Cherry Lane Mentor Project (2013-present), The BAFTA/Rocliffe New Writing Forum (2011–present). Regional: theaters include Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Two River Theater. Broadway (as casting associate): The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, A Delicate Balance, A Raisin In The Sun. She is the Casting Associate at The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival.
KEVIN CHRISTOPHER SNIPES
He is the author of A Bitter Taste (EST/Youngblood), The Chimes (SPF/The Public Theater) and other plays. Additionally he is the recipient of an Artists Fellow in Playwriting / Screenwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts and an Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting Fellowship.