Rush Process comes together through the collaboration of a diverse group of organizations and creatives hailing from the worlds of handcrafted animation, improvisational theater, and DIY independent filmmaking.

Dave Merson Hess

Festival & Programming Director

Dave Merson Hess is an animator, film programmer and media arts educator. In addition to programming screenings in Houston throughout the year, he develops animation curriculum, produces animation-focused zines, and teaches hands-on animation workshops via DIY Animation Club, Beta Theater, and Aurora Picture Show.

Jeromy Barber

Festival Producer

Jeromy Barber is a Houston-based producer, director, and educator. He is the co-founder of Dinolion, a production company, and BETA Theater. Jeromy is a leader in Houston’s current cultural evolution through his involvement in events such as the Houston Improv Festival (where he served as Producer in 2015 and 2016) and his current role as Festival Producer for Rush Process.

Janine Waranowicz

Development & SPONSORSHIP Director

Janine Waranowicz is an entertainment attorney with an interest in international law and intellectual property in the worlds of art, animation and film exhibition. She is the Director of Legal Affairs for Night Heron, a Houston-based animation studio.

Traci Lavois Thiebaud

Workshop Coordinator & Advisory Board lead

Traci Lavois Thiebaud is a poetess, zinestress, and more who bangs out poems on an old fashioned typewriter for barter. She is the founder of whatever, mom publications, a DIY publisher specializing in literary consumables for local weirdos, and helps run Beta Theater.