A Barewitness player since 2004, Jan Probst is a transplanted Hoosier, whose roots in the dramatic arts around the San Francisco Bay extend back to the 1970s, a rich time for independent theater. Inspired by the rise of feminist theater, and active in the women’s martial arts movement, she was a founding member of The Whole Works Women’s Theater Collective and the performance troupe Streetwise: Women’s Martial Arts Theater.
Jan has studied acting with Jo Mohrbach, Bobby Weinapple, Robert Currier, Phil Bennett, and Corey Fischer, among others. Three very funny women, Joan Mankin, Karen Ripley and Annie Larson, helped her earn some laughs. She explored solo performance technique with Amy Mueller and Ann Galjour, and like other Barewitness Players, is an alum of the professional acting training program at the Bennett TheatreLab, under the tutelage of Philip Bennett.
An award-winning playwright, Jan earned her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. While a grad student, her short play The First Page was selected as a national finalist for the American College Theater Festival, and received a staged reading at The Kennedy Center. Her work has been staged at many San Francisco Bay Area venues, including Speakeasy Theatre, San Francisco Fringe Festival, Women’s Work, Exit Stage Left, Off-Market Theater, Cutting Ball and The Piedmont One Acts Festival.
Jan also studied film theory at San Francisco State, and learned about video and film production from the good folks at Bay Area Video Coalition and Film Arts Foundation. Her first film was made from 16mm found footage, which she cut on a Steenbeck.
Delighted to have found an exciting creative home with Barewitness, highlights include directing a road movie for the 48 Hour Film Project, and realizing her long-time dream of playing a detective in If the Shoe Fits.
If the Shoe Fits
Welcome to the Jungle
The Big Kick
Breakdown / I Know the Feeling
member of Dramatists Guild of America