JACK, the Brooklyn theatre that has been home to such acclaimed productions as Gracie Gardner's Athena and Stacey Rose's The Danger: A Homage to Strange Fruit, will soon move into a new, larger space. After seven years at its original address on Waverly Avenue, the organization has signed a 10-year lease at the nearby 18 Putnam Avenue.
The move will ensure for the first time that JACK will have access to a backstage dressing area, an audience lobby, an administrative office, and increased audience capacity. To donate to the construction process, click here.
In addition to the space upgrade, JACK also welcomes director, curator, and creative producer Jordana De La Cruz, who joins founder Alec Duffy as the new co-director. De La Cruz comes to JACK from the Park Avenue Armory, where she has worked since 2015, most recently as program manager. As an independent director, she helmed, among other projects, Cristina Pitter’s Decolonizing My Vagina, which premiered at JACK in January 2018.
"I am ecstatic to join Alec Duffy in his unyielding mission to present unique artistic works for the benefit of the entire community," said De La Cruz in an online statement. "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."
"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," said Duffy. "I look forward to working with her to build a shared vision of what JACK can be, and how JACK can grow.”
JACK's mission is to fuel experiments in art and activism. Next up, the theatre will present William Burke, Catherine Brookman, and Bryn Herdrich's Variations on the Main, March 14–30.