1 on 1: Justice Theatre Project’s Melissa Zeph Interviews Jerry Sipp

In this 1 on 1 interview, The Justice Theater Project’s Executive Director Melissa Zeph interviews JTP’s Producing Artistic Director Jerry Sipp.

Melissa has been with JTP since 2006. She holds a BA in Business from the University of South Florida and has been working in non-profit management, marketing, public relations and design since her career began. Melissa has worked with The American Red Cross Clearwater, Florida Chapter, The National Drowning Prevention Coalition, Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park, the Clayton Center, and the Town of Cary Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. In addition to her work with JTP, Melissa enjoys volunteering and mentoring up-and-coming arts managers.

North Carolina director, actor and educator Jerry Sipp has been appointed as The Justice Theater Project’s (JTP) Artistic Director. Sipp will be the company’s second artistic director.

A veteran professional theatre artist, Sipp has served as Producing Artistic Director for Temple Theatre in Sanford, The Playhouse Theatre in Rocky Mount and Granville Little Theatre in Oxford. Sipp is the co-founder of Trio Productions, a professional touring educational theatre with an 18 year touring history across the U.S. and Scotland. He has directed well over 100 productions and performed in over 1oo shows. Sipp is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional stage actors in the U.S. He served for three years as a member of the Board of Directors of the NC Theatre Conference. Sipp has also seen 12 of his original scripts produced and has won several awards for his playwriting.

For JTP, he has directed the musicals “Ragtime” and “Grey Gardens,” played the lead role of Mitch Albom in “Tuesdays with Morrie” and has worked with JTP as their 2017-2018 season-long producer of “A Soldier’s Play” (October, 2017), “Black Nativity” (December, 2017), and “Bent” (February 2018) to critical acclaim. He directed JTP’s June 2018 musical “Oliver!” and performed the role of Fagin.

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