Saffron Henke

Saffron HenkeAssistant Professor of Theatre

210 Center for Performing Arts (513) 529-1270

Saffron holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa and M.F.A. from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington. She has performed at many regional theatres, including Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Idaho Rep, Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Recklinghausen Ruhrfestspiele in Germany, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (two seasons) where she also devised and directed The Pale Fire Project. She was also 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. In Los Angeles, she taught at the University of Southern California, the Center Theatre Group, and at A Noise Within Theatre, assistant directed The Heretic Mysteries with LA Theater Ensemble, and expanded her on-camera resume, including a web series for HBO’s True Blood, and played Fiona in the online series for Speed Therapy, as well as acting with the Furious Theatre Company.

Subsequent acting, directing and teaching credits include Riverside Theatre in the Park as an actor and voice/text coach, and as an Artistic Associate with Working Group Theatre, in addition to directing at Coe and Augustana Colleges (Women in the Shadow, Metamorphoses, The Bock-Eye), St. Ambrose University (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Cornell College (In the Next Room/Vibrator Play), ChiARTS, and the Englert School of Performing Arts (Bugsy Malone).

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). She is currently training to be certified in Fitzmaurice Voicework TM. More information can be found at