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Jan Probst is a storyteller, who found her creative home in theatre and film.

After stepping onto the stage as a young actor with indie political theater, she later found her footing as a playwright, from solo stage work to production and publication.


Her work has been seen on stages around the San Francisco Bay Area, across the continental U.S. and in the great state of Alaska, and heard on the popular radio show Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour.

In 2021, when theatres everywhere were closed, her one act Bird on a Tree Branch premiered online via virtual production by Phoenix Arts Association, receiving commendation from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle.

Jan has been an Artist in Residence at Z Space Studios, Playwright of the Month at Off-Market Theater and guest artist for the ATHE Annual Conference. She is a graduate of the Bennett TheatreLab acting program, and holds her M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Playwriting from San Francisco State University.


Her plays are published by Next Stage Press and have been included in the annual Smith & Kraus anthology of ten-minute plays.


Jan is a long-time member of the award-winning improv film company Barewitness Films, where she works both sides of the camera.


Recording Jill and Jack

with George Schricker

and John Baylor

for Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour

Kelsey Sullivan, Jillian Blevins, Jan Probst, Erin Moughon and Dante Medema, celebrating their story relay play:

The Cooterville Caper at the Fringe Fest, Valdez Theatre Conference 2023

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Road Trip was an audience favorite at the Ten-Minute Play Slam, 2019 Valdez Theatre Conference, with Jill Bess, Ryan Buen, Jim Hindman, Michael Hood, Gigi Lynch and Markelle Gay.

B8 Theatre Company

Cast and crew of Changing the World with Big Hair, six short plays by Jan Probst, at the B8 New Works Festival, 2017, including director Matthew Gardner, Saskia Baur, Beth Chastain, Shannon Geraghty, Imani Lee Ivery, Annie Larson, and Michael Sally.

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Proud member of the Dramatists Guild

Jeremy Gaunt, Marguerite Scott

Jeremy Gaunt and Marguerite Scott, in Everybody Loves a Star, Overnighter Fringe Fest, 2018 ValdezTheater Conference

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Jason Berner and Suzanne Latham in The Legacy of Lillian at the inaugural Piedmont One Act Festival, 2016, Piedmont Center for the Arts

Jan Probst in No Fences

No Fences

San Francisco Fringe Festival, 1999

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