Long Wharf Theatre Welcomes New Artistic Director
Jacob G. Padrón began his life in the theater with El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista, California.
He is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Sol Project, a national theater initiative that works in partnership with leading theater companies to amplify the voices of Latinx playwrights and build artistic homes for artists of color in New York City and beyond. Under his leadership, The Sol Project cultivated a network of Off-Broadway and regional theaters committed to building a body of work by Latinx writers for the new American theater. Since its launch, The Sol Project has championed four writers with productions of their work: Hilary Bettis (Alligator), Martín Zimmerman (Seven Spots on the Sun), Luis Alfaro (Oedipus El Rey), and Charise Castro Smith (El Huracán). The Sol Project also launched a new summer play festival, SolFest, in partnership with Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.
Prior to The Sol Project, Padrón held senior-level artistic positions at theater companies across the country. He was the Senior Line Producer at The Public Theater where he worked on new plays, new musicals, Shakespeare in the Park, and Public Works. During his tenure at The Public he supported new work by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Head of Passes), Scott Z. Burns (The Library), A. Zell Williams (The Urban Retreat), Mary Kathryn Nagle (Manahatta), Universes (Party People), Stew & Heidi Rodewald (The Total Bent), Tracey Scott Wilson (Buzzer), Lemon Andersen (Toast), Richard Nelson (The Gabriels), Suzan-Lori Parks (Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3), Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub (Twelfth Night), among many others.
“I am committed to supporting stories that are in conversation with the world—stories that are brave, inclusive, intersectional, and reflect the glorious kaleidoscope of our city and our country.” – Jacob G. Padrón
Padrón was formerly the Producer at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago where he oversaw the artistic programming in the Garage—Steppenwolf’s dedicated space for new work, new artists, and new audiences. From 2008 to 2011, he was an Associate Producer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where he was instrumental in producing all shows in the 11-play repertory. In addition, he was a part of the producing team that transferred OSF productions to Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (Next Wave Festival). In 2006, he was the producer of Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays for Center Theatre Group, a collaboration that included 50 theaters to launch Festival 365 in Los Angeles.
He was an inaugural recipient of the SPARK Leadership Program administered by Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and has adjudicated on grant panels for TCG, Network of Ensemble Theaters, The Drama League, SDC Foundation, United States Artists, and American Theatre Wing.
Padrón was most recently on staff at WarnerMedia (HBO, Warner Bros., and Turner) where he helped lead the company’s philanthropy in theater and film. He is on the faculty at Yale School of Drama where he teaches artistic producing in the graduate theater management program. He also sits on the board of directors for People’s Theatre Project based in Washington Heights, NYC.
Padrón is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (BA) and Yale School of Drama (MFA). He is a co- founder of Tilted Field Productions and the Artists’ Anti-Racism Coalition. He is an alumnus of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, a volunteer program committed to social justice around the world.
Photo: Marc J. Franklin.