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Bio

Ken Sawyer is an award-winning director based in Los Angeles, California. His work has spanned a wide range of venues with projects that include musicals, plays, experimental theatre, concerts and special events.

His experience with visual storytelling and working with actors has also led to an impressive body of work in headshot and lifestyle photography.



Ken began his artistic education at the Arts Magnet Performing Arts High School in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from New York’s prestigious The Juilliard School where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. As an actor he toured the United States with John Houseman’s Acting Company before settling in Los Angeles.



Ken is a founding member and former artistic board member of The Road Theatre Company, one of the first companies to reside in the now flourishing NoHo Arts District.

His collaboration with Jon Imparato and the Los Angeles LGBT Center further built his reputation as a lover of theater that not only entertains and thrills the senses, but also tackles challenging and thought provoking issues.

Ken continues his interest in developing new and exciting work.  Highlights include collaborating with Emmy Award winner Paris Barclay on the Vietnam era musical ONE RED FLOWER, with rock icons Charlotte Caffey (the GoGos) and Anna Waronker (That Dog) on LOVELACE: THE ROCK OPERA, with Stephen Schwartz and David Stern on  the development of  SNAPSHOTS, with Colin Escott on development of the Broadway hit MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, and with legends Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner in re-imagining THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE for a full cast.

Ken believes that the excitement of theatre should be instilled in younger generations and takes great pride in working with students whenever possible. He has worked as a guest director for Carnegie Mellon University, USC, and California State University, Northridge. He has also served as a guest advisor/mentor at The California Institute of the Arts and University of Southern California. 

Awards

The LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards​

  • Hit the Wall 

    • Director of a Play (win)

    • Production of a Play

    • Featured Actor in a Play- Matthew Hancock 

    • Acting Ensemble in a Play

    • Lighting Design- Matt Richter

  • The Woman in Black

    •  Director of a Play (win)

    • Production of a Play (win)

    • Sound Design- Ken Sawyer & Dave Marling (win)

    • Set Design- Desma Murphy (win)

    • Lighting Design- Robert Smith (win)

    • Actor in a Play- Paul Witten

    • Actor in a Play- Joe Hart

  • The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

    • Production of a Play​

    • Director of a Play

    • Lead Actor in a Play- Paul Witten

    • Lead Actress in a Play- Ann Noble

    • Scenic Design- Robert Selander

  • Lovelace

    • Lead Actress in a Musical- Katrina Lenk​

  • Ham: A Musical Memoir

    • Production of a Musical Large Theatre​ (win)

    • Lead Actor in a Musical- Sam Harris (win)

    • Director of a Musical w Billy Porter

    • Musical Direction- Todd Schroeder

  • Dracula

    • Sound Design (win)​

    • Lighting Design- Luke Moyer (win)

    • Set Design- Desma Murphy 

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