Javen Tanner – Artistic Director

Javen holds an MFA in Acting from the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California, where he was awarded the Craig Noel Fellowship. During his time in San Diego, he performed on the Globe main stage in Twelfth Night, directed by Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien; Love’s Labor’s Lost, directed by Roger Rees; All My Sons, starring Daniel J. Travanti; and Beyond Therapy. Through the MFA program he performed in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Macbeth, Heartbreak House, Reckless, and Six Characters in Search of an Author. Through Old Globe, he also workshopped and performed Twelfth Night at the Royal National Theatre in London.

After completing his MFA, Javen moved with his wife, Tara, and their two children to New York City, where he worked as Associate Artistic Director of Handcart Ensemble, a Manhattan based theatre company specializing in verse drama (named one of New York Theatre’s “Fifteen People of 2006”)

As an actor, Javen’s New York theatre credits include The Odyssey, Creation, The Cat and the Moon, The Only Jealousy of Emer, and The Burial at Thebes (Co-Producer of the New York Premier of Seamus Heaney’s new version of Antigone). His film and television credits include Windrunner (Disney); Return with Honor (Best Actor in a Feature Film: 2007 New York Independent Film Festival); Josiah (title role); The Dead Sea Scrolls (Discovery Channel); The Good Samaritan.

Javen has taught acting at New York University’s Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, Brigham Young University, and is currently the chair of the theatre department at The Waterford School. Javen’s poems have appeared in magazines and journals throughout the country, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.