Saren Nofs-Snyder is an accomplished, Jeff Nominated, Chicago based actress. Aside from her impressive professional career, she teaches Acting in the Musical Theatre Department here at The Academy.

She earned her BFA in Acting from the University of Utah, and her MFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC). As a Chicago based actress, Saren has worked with companies including Lookingglass Theatre, Piven Theatre Ensemble, Next Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, New Leaf, BoHo, First Folio, Remy Bumpo and Circle Theatre where she appeared as Mrs. Cheveley in An Ideal Husband, a role which earned her a Jeff nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress.  Regionally Saren has worked with the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Notre Dame Shakespeare, Artists Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre company and many others.  In Portland, Oregon, she was awarded a Portland Area Theatre Alliance “Drammy” award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role as May in Once in a Lifetime with Lakewood Theatre.  In 2006, Saren worked with Pultizer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright, Lanford Wilson on the revision of Sympathetic Magic, originating the role of Barbara.  Saren also works as a dialect and voice coach for theatre companies across Chicago as well as a private acting and Shakespeare coach.