ABOUT THE FESTIVAL STAFF

 
 
J.J. Kandel

J.J. Kandel

J.J. Kandel

Producing Director

J.J. co-founded and has produced the SUMMER SHORTS festival since 2007, launched the STAGE TO SCREEN INITIATIVE in 2014, and founded Throughline Artists Inc., 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 Bleeder 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 (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 directed by Billy Hopkins with Amy Irving. He is an actor member of Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, SAG-AFTRA, and Actors’ Equity Association.

 
 
Krysta Hibbard

Krysta Hibbard

krysta hibbard

Associate Producer

Krysta is excited to be back for her forth season as Associate Producer with SUMMER SHORTS. She is COO / Member of Silver Towers Productions, a New York City based production company dedicated to developing new work focusing on the creative process to discover boundless artistry. Krysta is involved with projects ranging from music videos, to recording albums, to short films, to musical and play development. Krysta worked with director Alexander Dinelaris last year on The Dark Clothes of Night by Richard Aflredo (2016 Festival), and Logan Vaughn on Love Letters to a Dictator by Stella Fawn Ragsdale (2015 Festival). Other previous credits include: Lena Horne: A Moment with A Lady (concert); Regina (original series); Whiskeyland (musical); Uncle Jackie (play); Everybody Dies (play); and Certifiable (play).

 

2017 ARTISTIC ASSOCIATES

 
Jesse Cameron Alick

Jesse Cameron Alick

jesse cameron alick

Jesse is a poet, playwright, producer and Zen Master. Jesse is Literary Manager 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 Murray

Kate Murray

KATE MURRAY

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

Kevin Christopher Snipes

KEVIN CHRISTOPHER SNIPES

Kevin is the Artistic Associate at Labyrinth Theater. 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.