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 shepherded 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. Under his leadership, the Garage premiered work 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 staff, 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 Emilie Beck, Michael Ritchie and Diane Rodriguez.
Padrón has worked with Yale Repertory Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Teatro Vista and About Face Theatre. He was named "one to watch" by American Theatre magazine and was an inaugural recipient of the SPARK Leadership Fellowship administered by Theatre Communications Group (TCG). He has been a lecturer at Northwestern University and has adjudicated on grant panels for TCG, Network of Ensemble Theaters, The Drama League, SDC Foundation and American Theatre Wing.
In addition to his work on The Sol Project, Padrón is the newly appointed Artistic Director of Long Wharf Theatre. 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 diverse storytellers for media projects.
Originally from Gilroy, California, Padrón is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (BA) and Yale School of Drama (MFA). He is also the co-founder of Tilted Field Productions. He dedicates this initiative to his first artistic home, El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista, California.