Ken Savage is a Bay Area theater director, producer, and teacher. He is the Associate Producer at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco where he line produces shows for the mainstage, Master of Fine Arts acting program, and Young Conservatory in the Geary and Strand Theaters. He is also a New Works producer for new play and musical commissions in A.C.T.’s annual New Strands Festival. He has led various initiatives to build demand for new audiences, including the A.C.T. Asian stARTup Council whose goal is to bridge the Asian American artist and tech communities in the Bay Area. Ken is also a director in A.C.T.'s Master in Fine Arts Acting Program and a musical theater faculty member in the Young Conservatory.
His favorite musical theater directing credits include: Transfers (Crowded Fire), Tinderella (Custom Made/Faultline Theater), Spring Awakening (Stanford University director-in-residence), Sweeney Todd set in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood (SFBATCO), My Fair Lady (Broadway By the Bay), Sunday in the Park with George, Company, The Fantasticks, The Last Five Years, and the blockbuster hit Hairspray (with a cast of 39 and a 20,000 light LED video wall), which broke box office records selling over 6,000 tickets over two weekends and selling out Stanford's 1,600-seat Memorial Auditorium.
From 2012-2014 he served as the Artistic Director of Stanford Asian American Theater Project (AATP) founded in 1978 by Asian American playwright David Henry Hwang. In 2014 he produced and directed an Asian re-imagination of the classic Broadway musical My Fair Lady, which was the inaugural musical in Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall. For his production of My Fair Lady and his contributions to the Stanford arts community, Ken was awarded with the Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and Creative Arts, the Stanford Asian American Special Achievement Award, and the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education-- the highest honor given to two graduating seniors. In 2015 Ken received the Silicon Valley Creates Artist Laureate Emerging Artist Award.
Professionally he has worked at Arena Stage in Washington D.C., The Public Theater in New York City, Theatreworks Silicon Valley, CalShakes, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Playwrights Foundation. Ken is passionate about new play and new musical development, supporting minority voices in theater, issues of family and food, bridging the arts and tech communities, and innovative musical revivals. He is the co-creator of Gravity, a New(tonian) Musical, which was honored as a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Music Theater Conference (2017) and which Ken directed a workshop for the TheatreWorks Silicon Valley New Works Festival (2016).
Ken is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A. in Drama with Honors and M.A. in Communication with a concentration in virtual reality and theater).