At the same time, JACK is thrilled to announce the appointment of theater director and arts administrator Jordana De La Cruz to join founder Alec Duffy as Co-Director. De La Cruz comes to JACK from the Park Avenue Armory, where she worked since 2015, most recently as Program Manager. As an independent director, she helmed, among other projects, Cristina Pitter’sDecolonizing My Vagina, which premiered at JACK in January 2018.
From Jordana De La Cruz: "I am ecstatic to join Alec Duffy in his unyielding mission to present unique artistic works for the benefit of the entire community. JACK exists as a gathering space to innovate and expand all fields of performance and civic engagement. As a longtime admirer, it is an honor to join the leadership team as we continue to build a rising arts center with limitless potential."
From JACK founder/Co-Director Alec Duffy:
“Over the last few years, I have admired Jordana’s role in creating transcendent experiences at Park Avenue Armory, involving some of our nation’s most prized, revolutionary artistic voices. I then got to know her as an extraordinary theater artist when she directed in our space last year. When thinking about a partner at JACK who would be an eager co-conspirator in fueling experiments in art and activism and help take JACK to the next level, I realized Jordana was a perfect fit. I look forward to working with her to build a shared vision of what JACK can be, and how JACK can grow.”
MORE INFO ABOUT JORDANA DE LA CRUZ:
Jordana De La Cruz is an Afro-Latina director, curator, and creative producer. She collaborates with active participants across multiple generations to examine and dismantle the stigmas that hold society captive. She creates performances, gatherings, and public programs sparking cross-cultural dialogue, empowering individuality, and expanding the concept of community with theatrical responses, workshops, and interdisciplinary conversations. Her work continually questions what it means to be free and, more urgently, how we help each other achieve this freedom. In 2015, she was instrumental in the creation of Public Programs at Park Avenue Armory and has continued to cultivate affordable, community-focused art and dialogue through 2018. She has previously directed and produced with JACK, La Mama, The Flea Theater, IATI Theater, INTAR Theatre, The Story Pirates, and Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, among others.
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