Artist Bio

Jarrett King

(Bio as of June 2023)

Jarrett King (he/him) is an actor, playwright, and educator originally from Austin, Texas. His play A War of the Worlds—an Afrofuturist reimagining of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast—was the inaugural play in Penfold Theatre Company’s commission series. Other works include The Possible and Box, which will premiere at Penfold in 2023. As an actor, he has nearly two decades worth of credits performing in film, television, and professional theaters including Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Salvage Vanguard, Penfold Theatre, and the Mary Moody Northen Theatre. He has received Austin Critics Table and B. Iden Payne awards for his work

and is a two-time second rounder at the Austin Film Festival. He is a teaching artist at Steppenwolf Theatre and Silk Road Rising and has taught for Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Shakespeare Slam. He is an adjunct professor at Loyola University, teaching courses in acting and teaching artistry. He is currently an Associate Artistic Director at Penfold Theatre Company.