Jake Cline

Journalist, Playwright, Editor

About Me

Hello. I am a Miami-based playwright, short-story writer and journalist. My writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Sierra Magazine, the South Florida Sun Sentinel and elsewhere.

As a member of the editorial team that covered the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida for the Sun Sentinel, I am a winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. I left the newspaper in November 2018, and am currently employed as the publications director at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.

My plays include “Jenna & the Whale,” written with Vanessa Garcia (“The Amparo Experience”) and “Purple Hearts.” Both plays are in development with the producers of Broadway’s “The Inheritance,” “American Son,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Anastasia,” among other shows.

Finally, I live blocks from Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood with my wife and dogs. It’s a good place to be.

Journalism

A graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, I have been an editor, reporter and critic for more than 25 years. I spent 21 years covering news, arts and entertainment at the South Florida Sun Sentinel as an editor and writer. In 2018, I was part of the editing team that supervised the newspaper’s coverage of the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That coverage won us the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.
 
I currently contribute articles, essays and book reviews to The Atlantic, The Washington Post and other publications.

Playwriting

I currently have two plays in development, “Purple Hearts,” which received a staged reading on Oct. 22, 2018 by Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, and “Jenna & the Whale,” which I wrote with Miami playwright Vanessa Garcia (“The Amparo Experience”) and which received a staged reading Nov. 17, 2019 as part of Miami New Drama’s New Play Lab at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

 

I also am one of four playwrights in the 2019-2021 class of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Playwright Development Program, which you can read about here.
 
 
My Dramatists Guild member page.

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