Staff and Board Members
Jared joined the management team at the 6th Street Playhouse in 2015 after fifteen years as the Producing Artistic Director of Southwest Shakespeare Company, the premiere classical theatre of Arizona, during which time he produced nearly every title in the Shakespeare canon, as well as comedies, dramas, and new works. As a fundraiser Mr. Sakren helped to quadruple the annual budget of the company during his tenure. He is a founding graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division (Group One) and a founding member of the Acting Company under John Houseman, where he performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway and on national tours. Other places Jared has taught,directed, or been a consultant at include Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch, A.C.T., La Jolla Playhouse, The Guthrie Theatre, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Mark Taper Forum, and in England and Australia. As an actor, Jared performed in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of Much Ado About Nothing with Helen Hunt, David Ogden Stiers, and Lyle Lovett and has acted or directed at the Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Phoenix Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, New York’s Wonderhorse Theatre , the Denver Center Theatre Company, 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.
Managing Director and Education Director
As Director of the acclaimed Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Anne Clark led operations and strategic direction across 11 different cities. She developed international programming with Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre and Free Performance Programs for over 800 students in the Bay Area. A nationally recognized, award-winning director, she directed, music directed and choreographed over 40 productions with children ranging in age from 2 years old to 18 years old all across the Bay Area.
In Los Angeles, she established and managed Rockabye Dance, a children’s dance studio focused on creative movement, ballet and tap for children. In Pasadena, she was Company Manager and a teaching artist for Pasadena Musical Theater, and acted as Company Manager for the summer camp intensive of a new work by Ryan Scott Oliver, teaching choreography and advanced acting techniques.
She earned a BA in Musical Theatre at UCLA, and was a participant in the prestigious Ray Bolger Musical Theatre Program in association with the School of Theatre Film and Television. Well-known in regional theatre in the Bay Area, she was featured in the film Dream Girls. She won acclaim as Snow White in the original company of Snow White: An Enchanting New Musical, Disneyland, Original Company, Snow White. Her Broadway experience includes High Fidelity the Musical, Original Broadway Cast, Penny Hardwick/Back up Chick; Hairspray, Neil Simon Theatre, National Tour and Thoroughly Modern Millie, 1st National Tour.
Jared Sakren – Artistic Director
Anne Clark – Managing Director & Education Director
Martin Gilbertson – Technical Director
Luca Catanzaro – Assistant Technical Director
Mike Davis – MarComm Manager
Erika Conaway – Education Department Manager
Allie Pratt – Education Associate
Cheryl King – Marketing Associate
Shanna Kennedy-Chrestensen – Bookkeeper
Gail Reine – Costume Shop Manager
Jeff Coté – President
Dorothy Beattie – Vice President
Joel Feldman – Treasurer
Susane Byrne – Secretary