The JACK Team
Alec (he/his) is a playwright and director. In 2005, he founded the theater company Hoi Polloi, with whom he has created many original works, including
Dysphoria, The Less We Talk, and All Hands. In 2010, he shared an OBIE Award for Three Pianos, a paean to Schubert's Winterreise song cycle, co-written and performed with Dave Malloy and Rick Burkhardt in a production directed by Rachel Chavkin that toured to New York Theatre Workshop and American Repertory Theater after its premiere at Incubator Arts Project. His most recent production with Hoi Polloi was a commission of acclaimed Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada, Quiet, Comfort, which premiered at JACK in 2016. His production of the opera Four Nights of Dream premiered at Japan Society in 2017 and subsequently toured to the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Before founding JACK, he held positions in several arts organizations, including Japan Society (as assistant to Artistic Director Yoko Shioya) and Mannes Opera. Duffy is a former NEA/TCG directing fellow and a Drama League Directing Fellow. Duffy has been a member of the Youth, Education & Cultural Affairs committee of his local Community Board since 2015.
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inclusion & liberation of queer communities of color with accessibility at the forefront. Bri is a former Chicago transplant and has held positions at Free Street Theater, Victory Gardens Theater & StoryCorps Chicago. Her independant creative work in Chicago included academic study & performance exploration of sex positivity as well as advocacy for sex worker rights. In New York, she has served as the Research & Advocacy Coordinator at Dance/NYC, Outreach Associate at Pan Asian Rep & Community Programs Coordinator for National Queer Theater's Criminal Queerness Festival 2020. She has facilitated dialogues on intergenerational queer theater practice with Theatre Communications Group and New York Theatre Workshop and has written for publications including American Theatre Magazine, The HowlRound Commons & Hapa Mag.
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Jordana De La Cruz
Jordana (she/they) is a Brooklyn-based director and creative producer. She creates performances, gatherings, and public programs that question what it means to be free and, more urgently, how we are helping each other achieve this freedom. Her practice sparks cross-cultural dialogue and expands the concept of community. Before joining JACK, Jordana held positions at the Story Pirates, Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, 52nd Street Project, and INTAR Theatre. Most recently, she served as Program Manager at Park Avenue Armory where she was instrumental in the creation of the institution’s Public Programs Series. Jordana is a member of Theater Communications Group’s 2019-2020 Rising Leaders of Color Cohort and is dedicated to achieving equity and inclusion in the arts.
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