A B O U T
Saffron has worked as a professional actor, director, and educator after receiving her M.F.A. from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington, during which she also performed with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Idaho Rep, Seattle Children’s Theatre and the Recklinghausen Ruhrfestspiele in Germany. She then joined the acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (two seasons) where she also devised and directed The Pale Fire Project. From there she became an Associate Artist and resident acting company member for four seasons at the Sacramento Theatre Company, where she was also the Director of STC-2, a 10 month young professionals training conservatory. With STC-2, she developed and directed The Tale, a rock musical about Greek mythology that toured Greece and headlined the Mioulia Festival. Her last West Coast stop was in Los Angeles, where she taught (University of Southern California, Center Theatre Group, A Noise Within Theatre), assistant directed The Heretic Mysteries with David Bridel, and expanded her on-camera resume, including a web series for HBO’s True Blood, and played Fiona in the online series for Web Therapy.
Since returning to Iowa, she has worked with Riverside Theatre as an actor and voice/text coach, and is an Artistic Associate with Working Group Theatre. She has directed at Coe and Augustana Colleges (Women in the Shadow, Metamorphoses, The Bock-Eye), and taught and directed at St. Ambrose University (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Cornell College (In the Next Room/Vibrator Play), ChiARTS, and the Englert School of Performing Arts (Bugsy Malone). Most recently, she assistant directed George De La Pena in Music IC’s production of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat.
A longtime member of the Actor’s Equity Association, Saffron is also the recipient of the 2005 Princess Grace Foundation Honorarium for Emerging Artists, an SAFD certified actor/combatant and yoga teacher (200hr RYT).
Overview of Experience:
Current: Assistant Director of the Grant Wood Art Colony and Arts Engagement, the University of Iowa;
Resident Actor/Artistic Associate, Working Group Theatre
2009-2012: Guest Director & Adjunct Faculty (Acting) Cornell College, Guest Director Coe College, Guest Director Augustana College, Guest Director & Adjunct Faculty (Voice and Diction) St. Ambrose University
2007-2009: Faculty, Movement and Voice, University of Southern California
Fall 2007: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Drama in the Classroom, University of Iowa
2004-2007: Associate Artist, Resident Company Member, Director of STC-2, Sacramento Theatre Company
2008: Center Theater Group/ Dana Institute
Trained to be a Teaching Artist for the Visual and Performing Arts Programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
2005: Post graduate work on Greek Theatre, Hydra Greece, UC-Davis
2001: Master of Fine Arts, Drama (Acting), University of Washington
1996: Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts, University of Iowa
1994: The Theatre School, DePaul University
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