Alec moved to New York in 2000 and, inspired by the work of performance artists Linda Montano and Tehching Shieh, began to create projects that blended art and life. He eventually formed a theater company, Hoi Polloi, and created work often involving large masses of performers singing together or some sort of melding of music and theater. These pieces were produced mostly at The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, including Three Pianos, a paean to Franz Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle that he created with Dave Malloy and Rick Burkhardt and which won an OBIE. In 2012, he started JACK (named after his grandfather) with his wife Mimi Lien and several co-founders, in an attempt to build a microcosm of an ideal city, with music, theater, dance and conversation serving a larger political project of putting art to work towards liberation. Photo by Susan Young.
Jordana De La Cruz
Jordana 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.
Photo by Sammy Tunis.