Jacob Padrón

Lecturer, Theater Management

Jacob G. Padrón is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Sol Project, a NYC-based theater initiative dedicated to producing works by Latinx playwrights with leading Off-Broadway companies and building a body of work for the new American theater.

He was most recently on the artistic staff of The Public Theater as the Senior Line Producer where he worked on new plays, new musicals, Shakespeare in the Park, and Public Works. He shepherded  the work of Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Head of Passes”), Universes (“Party People”), Stew & Heidi Rodewald (“The Total Bent”), Tracey Scott Wilson (“Buzzer”), Lemon Andersen (“Toast”), Richard Nelson (“The Gabriel’s”),  Suzan-Lori Parks (“Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2, and 3”), and Shaina Taub & Kwame Kwei-Armah (“Twelfth Night”), among many others.

Prior to his post at The Public, Padrón was the Producer at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago where he oversaw the artistic programming in the Garage, Steppenwolf's second stage dedicated to new work, new artists, and new audiences. Under his leadership, the Garage premiered work by Ike Holter (“Hit the Wall”), Christina Anderson (“Man in Love”), Janine Nabers (“Annie Bosh is Missing”), and Edith Freni (“Buena Vista”). From 2008 to 2011, he was an Associate Producer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Appointed by Bill Rauch to his senior staff, Padrón was instrumental in producing all shows in the 11-play repertory. In addition, he was a part of the producing team that transferred OSF productions to Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage and the Brooklyn Academy of Music ("Throne of Blood," Next Wave Festival). He was the producer of Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 Days/365 Plays for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.

Padrón was named “one to watch” by American Theatre magazine and was an inaugural recipient of the SPARK Leadership Fellowship administered by Theatre Communications Group (TCG). He has been a lecture at Northwestern University and has adjudicated on grant panels for TCG, Network of Ensemble Theaters, The Drama League, SDC Foundation, and American Theatre Wing.

In addition to his work on The Sol Project, Padrón is currently on staff with Time Warner Inc. in Cultural Investments where he supports the theatre portfolio and identifies diverse storytellers for future media projects.

Originally from Gilroy, California, Padrón is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (BA) and Yale School of Drama (MFA).