Jacob G. Padrón is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Sol Project.
He was previously on the artistic staff of the Public Theater as the Senior Line Producer where he worked on new plays, new musicals, Shakespeare in the Park and Public Works. At The Public he supported the work of Tarell Alvin McCraney ("Head of Passes"), Zell Williams ("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) and Shaina Taub & Kwame Kwei-Armah ("Twelfth Night"), among others.
Prior to his post at The Public, Padrón was the Producer at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago where he oversaw the artistic programming in the Garage, Steppenwolf's second stage dedicated to new work, new artists and new audiences. In the Garage he produced new plays by Ike Holter ("Hit the Wall"), Christina Anderson ("Man in Love"), Janine Nabers ("Annie Bosh Is Missing"), Edith Freni ("Buena Vista"), and Carly Mensch ("Oblivion") among others. From 2008 to 2011, he was an Associate Producer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Appointed by Bill Rauch to his senior team, Padrón 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 Rep, Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage and Brooklyn Academy of Music ("Throne of Blood," Next Wave Festival). He was the producer of Suzan-Lori Parks' "365 Days/365 Plays" for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles under the mentorship of Diane Rodriguez and Emilie Beck.
Padrón is also a co-founder and organizer of the Artists Anti-Racism Coalition, which works to undo racism within the Off-Broadway community. In this context, he is a passionate advocate for the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB) and ACRE (Artists Co-Creating Real Equity).
In addition to his work on The Sol Project, Padrón is the Artistic Director of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. He is also on faculty at Yale School of Drama where he teaches artistic producing in the graduate theater management program. Most recently, he was on staff at Time Warner Inc. (HBO, Warner Bros., and Turner) in Cultural Investments where he supported the theater and film portfolios and identified storytellers for future media projects.
A graduate of Loyola Marymount University (BA) and Yale School of Drama (MFA), Padrón dedicates this initiative to his first artistic home, El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista, California.