Jake Arky is a writer, producer, actor, and educator who served as the Director of Theater at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, California, after spending five years as the Associate Director of Education-Playwriting for TheatreWorks | Silicon Valley. Theatrically trained at the University of Utah’s Youtheatre Conservatory, Jake began writing and producing original plays before completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in dramatic writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
He is the author of the plays Brothers of Emery, The Green Flash, The Birthday Girl, Little Perfections, and Erasers. Short stories include Video Tape Sleepover and #deathies, all published by SSWA Press. Jake is a 2014 National Playwriting Conference finalist with The O’Neill Center, as well as a New American Voices Award recipient at Landing Theatre Company and the Great Plains Theatre Conference.
Jake has worked with The Cherry Lane Theatre, The La Jolla Playhouse, The Playwrights Project of San Diego, ’06 Ensemble, Dragon Theater, The 68 Cent Crew (NYC), PianoFight, and Cat & Owl Theatre. Film work includes production assistant credits on the films Everything Is Illuminated (2005), Sunshine Cleaning (2007), and the Academy Award-winning Little Miss Sunshine (2005). His original comedic television series, Open (2017) and Amateurs (2018), have been developed by CineStory.
Jake co-founded So Say We All: a non-profits arts production and education organization specializing in the literary and storytelling arts. He regularly performs stories on stage with The Moth, RISK!, Fireside Storytelling, Busting Out, and the Oakland Story Slam.
- Assisted with incoming projects and productions, including:
- Oversaw and performed hospitality tasks including grocery shopping, cleaning, moving, personal errands and other duties as per requested during production of the films Everything Is Illuminated, Sunshine Cleaning, and the Academy Award-winning Little Miss Sunshine.
- Created and managed database for production office contacts, updating correspondence and ensuring that producers had the most direct access to their contact listings.