ABOUT THE FESTIVAL STAFF

 
 
 J.J. Kandel

J.J. Kandel

J.J. Kandel

Producing Artistic Director

J.J. founded and has produced the SUMMER SHORTS festival since 2007, 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: 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: 10 K 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 (World Premiere) 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.

SUMMER SHORTS directing credits include: Sparring Partner by Neil LaBute (2018); Wedding Bash by Andrew Leeds & Lindsey Kraft (2017); and In This, Our Time by Alexander Dinielaris (2011).

 

 Kevin Christopher Snipes

Kevin Christopher Snipes

KEVIN CHRISTOPHER SNIPES

2018 Artistic Associate

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.

 

 Sarah Cronk

Sarah Cronk

Sarah cronk

2019 Associate 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