Lars Jan '00
Spring 2011, Director, Production Ensemble
Lars Jan is a director, designer, writer, and media artist.
Lars is a 2000 graduate of Swarthmore College and completed his MFA in Directing and Integrated Media at CalArts with the support of a Jack Kent Cooke Fellowship. Lars is the recipient of the 2008 Sherwood Award, granted by Center Theatre Group to an innovative theatre artist in Los Angeles. He is the founding artistic director of Early Morning Opera, a multi-disciplinary art lab based in Los Angeles that specializes in live performance.
The son of first generation émigrés from Afghanistan and Poland, Lars is committed to international artistic research and exchange. He has studied and worked extensively in Japan (Tondo Ningyo Joruri Theatre, 2003-04), Afghanistan (2005), and Ukraine.
Louis Jargow '10
Fall 2010 - Spring 2011, Sound Designer
Louis Jargow is a director and sound designer.
Louis Jargow graduated from Swarthmore College in May 2010 with dual interests in directing and sound design. Most recently he founded Telephone Bronco Theater Company, and devised, directed, and designed an original play, Cartogoraphasia , for the 2010 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Louis adapted and directed An Oresteia for his Honors Directing Thesis and lectured on his experience with the play for the Pennsylvania Classical Association at Temple University. Louis also directed Sarah Ruhl's Melancholy Play, Jean Genet's The Maids, and Sam Shepard's Cowboy Mouth. He assisted and designed for Michal Zadara on Tykocin, staged at the Habima National Theater in Israel and the Contemporary Theater in Wroclaw, Poland. He also worked with Elizabeth Stevens on two operas at the Curtis Institute of Music, and with New Paradise Laboratories/The Riot Group on Freedom Club, which debuted at the Philly Live Arts/Fringe Festival in September of 2010.
Adrienne Mackey '04
Spring 2011, Vocal Coach, Directing Thesis
Adrienne Mackey is a director who creates original and compelling theater using the power of the human voice and the forms of the human body.
In 2009 Adrienne founded Swim Pony Performing Arts - a company devoted to exploring the possibilities of live performance. With Swim Pony she helmed SURVIVE! a 20,000 foot interactive choose-your-own-adventure performance that examined the role of humanity in the universe. Her other theater work focuses on subjects of intense personal interest, including pop culture (Purr, Pull, Reign) American history (Owning Up to the Corn and The Ballad of Joe Hill), Greek mythology (Echo), classic literature (The Master and Margarita at Mum Puppettheatre) and racial tensions within her hometown of Philadelphia (Recitatif, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival 2007, Berkshire Fringe). Adrienne has been awarded the Independence Foundation Fellowship, the CEC New Edge Residency and is a five time recipient of the Garrigues voice scholarship.
Voice work has taken her to France's Roy Hart Voice Centre and to the Netherlands and Turkey with Stemmwerk Voice Theater. Her vocal work has been seen in the Barrymore-Nominated ensemble of Animal Farm at Mum Puppettheatre which was praised the Philadelphia Inquirer. She also relished in her role as "bad singing" expert for 1812 Productions' musical Cherry Bomb. In addition to her directing and producing work she teaches voice and its connection to theater to both adults and children in and around the Philadelphia area as a private coach and at Swarthmore and Drexel University. Adrienne Mackey received high honors in both Theatre Studies and Chemistry from Swarthmore College.
Sarah Sanford '99
Spring 2011, Director, Acting Thesis
Sarah Sanford is a free-lance actor, director, and teaching artist based in Philadelphia.
In 2002 she joined Pig Iron Theatre Company, with whom she has co-created and performed in eight original works including the Obie award-winning Hell Meets Henry Halfway. As an actor Sarah has performed all over the world - in New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Edinburgh, and London, as well as cities in Ukraine, Ireland, Jordan, Poland, Norway, and Lithuania.
Sarah is a finalist for the 2010 "Best Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist" F. Otto Haas award and was recently nominated for a "Best Supporting Actress" Barrymore for her performance in last season's Hunter Gatherers at Theatre Exile. She has also garnered awards for her direction of Appetite, an original dance theatre work she created with Toronto's Exchange Rate Collective.
Sarah studied directing at Swarthmore College (class of '99) then went on to train at École Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She has been back to Swarthmore as an instructor of Acting I and as director of Old Times , the Honors final project of Rachel Sugar (class of '08). Sarah has taught physical theatre workshops in the U.S. and abroad. In 2011 she begins teaching at the new Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.
Spring 2010, Director, Playwriting Thesis
Rebecca Wright is a director and dramaturg.
Her directing credits include Larry Loebell's The Ballad of John Wesley Reed, Philadelphia Young Playwrights/InterAct Theatre Company's Young Voices, The War Party at InterAct, Love Jerry with Nice People Theatre Company, and the reading of Kara Lee Corthron's Etched in Skin on a Sunlit Night at PlayPenn. She also directs and devises site-specific, installation, and parallel narrative performance pieces with her company, Applied Mechanics. Their works include Selkie: A Homemade Play, It's Hard Times at the Camera Blanca, Inside Julia Child, Ses Voyages Sauvages, and Portmantea, which debuted at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2010. This fall she will collaborate with Philadelphia actor and performance artist Justin Jain on his new project, shift/transfer. Rebecca has worked with students at Temple University, Swarthmore College, and the University of Michigan. She holds an MA in Performance and Culture from the University of London. She is the Literary Director and Resident Dramaturg at InterAct.