Artist in Residence
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.