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, and experimental theatre. The majority of his directing career has focused on developing new works.

Ken began his artistic education at the Arts Magnet Performing Arts High School in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from New York’s prestigious 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.

Expanding his work to other producing companies, 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 THE MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, and with legends Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner in re-imagining their 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 the younger generations and takes great pride in working with students whenever possible. He has worked as a guest director for Carnegie Mellon University and California State University, Northridge. He has served as a guest faculty member at The California Institute of the Arts, teaching film students a hands-on class in theatre to widen their appreciation for the art of storytelling in all forms.

Ken is also an accomplished award-winning sound designer and continues to look for opportunities to explore and create exciting theatre with like-minded collaborators.


Sam Harris

Sam Harris

Billy Porter

Suzie Dietz

Leslie Jordan

Sally Struthers

Elizabeth Keener

Jason Alexander

Allee Willis

Jane Wagner & Lily Tomlin

© 2012 by Ken Sawyer