JARED SAKREN (Producing Artistic Director) joined the management team here at the 6th Street Playhouse in 2015. He has come from Phoenix, Arizona, where he served as Producing Artistic Director of Southwest Shakespeare Company, the premiere classical theatre of Arizona, for 15 years, during which time he produced nearly every title in the Shakespeare canon, as well as classic and modern comedies and dramas. Mr. Sakren has been a successful fundraiser, quadrupling the annual budget of the company during his tenure. Mr. Sakren also has extensive experience developing and directing new works. Jared is a 2012 “Piper Fellow”--- a full-year fellowship granted by the Virgina G. Piper Foundation which took him to best-practice theatres across the US and to England, including to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The American Shakespeare Center, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. It also allowed him to attend management programs at MIT and the American Management Association. 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 his work, and has taught and 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, in England at Oxford University, and at Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art. In recent years 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, and served as Mask/Movement Director for The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Medea/MacbethCinderella. Other theatres at which Jared has worked include the Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Phoenix Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, New York’s Wonderhorse Theatre and Theatre Four, the Denver Center Theatre Company, Aspen Theatre-In-The-Park, 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.