Long Wharf Theatre has named Jacob G. Padrón the theatres fifth artistic director. The founder of The Sol Project, Padrón, who will begin February 1, 2019, brings a wealth of experience to the New Haven theatre, having worked at The Public Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, WarnerMedia, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Long Wharf Theatre is one of the most important companies in the American theatre. I am overjoyed to join the board, staff, and New Haven community as we embark on new journey and aim to build a boundary breaking future together, said Padrón in a statement. The American theatre has a powerful promise to deliver on: it can be a space to hold all our stories. But we, the theatremakers, are the architects of fulfilling that promise and I feel blessed to continue this work at Long Wharf.
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.
Long Wharf Managing Director Joshua Borenstein praised the appointment of Padrón as “the perfect choice.” “By living here, he will be attuned to the tastes and interests of our community. Also, he is a kind, generous, and thoughtful individual, who will make a terrific partner and leader, said Borenstein.
Padrón founded The Sol Project in 2016, a national theatre initiative that showcases Latinx playwrights and artists of color through collaborative partnerships with leading theatres. The collective has showcased the work of Hilary Bettis (Alligator), Martín Zimmerman (Seven Spots on the Sun), Luis Alfaro (Oedipus El Rey), and, most recently, Charise Castro Smith (El Huracán).
Padrón was most recently on staff at WarnerMedia (HBO, Warner Bros., and Turner), where he helped lead the companys philanthropy in theatre and film. He also sits on the board of directors for Peoples Theatre Project and is a co-founder of Tilted Field Productions and the Artists Anti-Racism Coalition.
Previous posts also include senior line producer (The Public); producer (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); and associate producer (OSF). He is an alumnus of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (BA) and Yale School of Drama (MFA), where he is on the faculty, teaching artistic producing in the graduate theatre management program.
“I have a life in the theatre because of El Teatro Campensino, a company that taught me that we must dream today, dream tomorrow, and keep using the American theater for our very best days ahead, said Padrón.
Long Wharf Theater in New Haven on Thursday announced a new artistic director to succeed a leader it had fired over sexual misconduct allegations.
Jacob G. Padrón, the 38-year-old founder of the Sol Project, an organization that champions Latino playwrights, will assume the top artistic post at Long Wharf in February. He will succeed Gordon Edelstein, who was fired last January, one day after The New York Times reported that multiple women were accusing him of inappropriate physical and verbal behavior in the workplace.
Mr. Padrón said he saw his task as focusing on the companys future, but acknowledged that there may still be some healing to take place as well. Theres always room to create a culture of reflection, he said. He added that he saw the theater as thriving, but there is always work to do in terms of thinking about operations and thinking about resources.
He said he would continue to help lead the Sol Project, and would talk with Long Wharf about possible relationships between the project and the theater. He also said that part of his focus would be continuing to try to create a more inclusive American theater.
Mr. Padrón has most recently worked on theater and film philanthropy at WarnerMedia, and he teaches artistic producing at Yale School of Drama. He has previously worked on the producing staffs of the Public Theater in New York, Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Long Wharf has been among the nations leading regional theaters, recognized with a special Tony Award for its work in 1978.