Jesse Cannady

Sr. Director, Project Development

As Senior Director of Project Development, Jesse oversees new project opportunities and manages existing client relationships. He oversees the response to requests for proposals, working to strategically position Thinkwell for success in competitive US and global markets.

While serving as the client’s advocate through all phases of production, Jesse works directly with the studio floor to set each project up for success prior to kick-off and throughout the project’s lifespan. Prior to Thinkwell, Jesse worked as an  Associate Director for The Second City and a Producing Director for The Echo Theater Company.

Education & Background

Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Studies, Illinois State University

John F. Kennedy Fellow, Eugene O’Neil Theatre Center

Society of Directors and Choreographers Fellow, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

International Fellow, Dekeyser and Friends Foundation

Masters of Legal Studies, Entertainment and Media Law, UCLA




Select Experience

  • Associate Director, Alumni Relations, The Second City
  • Producing Director, The Echo Theater Company
  • Live Events Freelance Producer in Los Angeles and Chicago markets