Ken Savage is an Asian American producer, director, events curator, fundraiser, and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area/Napa. He currently serves as the Associate Producer of Innovation & Strategy at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he manages digital projects including VR storytelling experiments, short films, livestreaming, and other new media work. He is passionate about creating brave spaces for new artists of all backgrounds to challenge and expand the landscape of the American theatre.
Previously he was the Associate Producer at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) where he has produced over 50 shows for the mainstage, MFA program, and Young Conservatory over the last 5 years ranging from classics to new plays to musicals and 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 was 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).