Artist in Residence


Jake Broder

Jake Broder is a writer, director and actor who lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Lucy Davenport and his two children, Ella (10) and Louis (3). He trained at the New England Conservatory, Tufts University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK where he worked for 10 years before coming back to the United States. As an actor, you may have seen him in HBO’s Silicon Valley. Recently, his play Our American Hamlet (about Edwin Booth ) was nominated for Best New Play in Boston for its premiere at the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Jake co- wrote and originated the role of Louis in ‘Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara’, winning three Ovation Awards, LADCC, Garland and LA Weekly awards for Best Actor and Best Production. This play ran at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles as was directed by Oscar winner, Taylor Hackford. It has since toured Chicago and SoCal. Jake’s play His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley played Off-West end as well as Off-Broadway at 59e59 and in LA.

Jake’s TV series, ‘Typewriter Days’ is in development with Revolution Studios and he has also adapted the YA novels “Black Hole Sun” for Kickstarter Entertainment.

Jake is the founder of the Maine Summer Dramatic Institute (MSDI), a now year round arts program based in Portland, Maine. This course provided a professional level training in Shakespeare performance for kids from 12 yrs through high school. Jake created an international exchange of graduate level and professional teachers to staff this program and he directed  highly acclaimed programmons of Midsummer Nights Dram, Pericles, 12th Night and The Tempest.

One of Jake’s passions continues to be offering the opportunity for this level of training to young performers.


As an actor, Jake’s other theatre credits include: Mozart in Amadeus directed by Sir Peter Hall (West End London, Broadway, L.A.), When Harry Met Sally with Alyson Hannigan and Luke Perry (West End), Lord Buckley in His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley (Off Broadway, Off West End, L.A.) and Ophelia & Juliet in the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works of Shakespeare show in London. Most recently he played Ira Gershwin in Words By: Ira Gershwin at the Colony Theatre.

Film includes: Bad Milo!, Beyond the Sea, Shadow Dancer, L’entente Cordiale, In A Day and The Barn (for which he was awarded the 2004 BIFA award), as well as the upcoming thriller Sleepwalker, with Richard Armitage.

Television Includes: a recurring role on Silicon Valley (HBO), Company Town (CW), The Cleaner (A&E), How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Keen Eddie (FOX), Roman Mysteries (BBC), Strange (BBC), Line of Beauty (BBC), Broken News (BBC), Auf Weidersein Pet (BBC) and recurring role on The Eagle (Denmark-Winner of a 33rd International Emmy).