Jakren Sakren returns to stage in Swansong
Jared Sakren is in his 16th season working for Southwest Shakespeare Company for which he has directed over 33 productions. He is currently serving as the Artistic Advisor. He is happy to lend his talents to the production of Swansong at Taliesin West.
He is a founding graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division (Group One) and is a founding member of the Acting Company under John Houseman, with which he has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway and on national tours. He is the recipient of many awards for both his acting and directing. In 2010 Jared performed as Verges/Antonio in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of Much Ado About Nothing with Helen Hunt, David Ogden Stiers, and Lyle Lovett. Jared has directed and/or performed at theatres across the country, including The Cleveland Play House, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, The Wonderhorse Theatre and Theatre Four (NYC), the Denver Center Theatre Company (where his production of Darkside was highlighted by Time Magazine), Aspen Theatre-In-The-Park, The DuPage Shakespeare Festival, and The Alabama Shakespeare Festival where he was the Director of the MFA/Professional Actor Training Program and a resident actor and director with the company.
Jared has acted for the Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Phoenix Theatre, Arizona Jewish Theatre, and for SSC, playing the role of Shylock in his own production of The Merchant of Venice, Mdm. Arcati in Blithe Spirit and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Jared has taught and/or directed at numerous programs and theatres around the U.S., including the Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School, NYU Graduate Acting Program, The American Conservatory Theatre, The La Jolla Playhouse, The Guthrie Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in England at Oxford University, and at Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art.
Jared is also a Piper Fellow, receiving one of Virginia G. Piper Foundation’s prestigious fellowships which took him to best-practice theatres across the US and England, including to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The American Shakespeare Center, and the Royal Shakespeare Company in England.