Music for Theatre


From “Angels in America Part I” (2016). Photo by Tim Fuller

Jake has created and performed original scores for live theatre since 2014 as the Resident Music Director/Composer and Artistic Associate for The Rogue Theatre and along with other theaters in Tucson and Chicago. Performing on guitar, mandolin, piano, flute, saxophone, and percussion, Jake has developed a unique palette and style of underscoring and amplifying live theatre. While gaining popularity in the interdisciplinary focus of contemporary theatre, Jake’s work in a classical, text-driven theatre environment makes his voice a standout in the modern performance landscape.


The Story Theatre, Chicago IL

Late, A Cowboy Song by Sarah Ruhl (2020 – Composer/Musician) The Story Theatre

Leave Me Alone! by Paul Michael Thomson (2018 – Composer/Sound Designer/Musician)

Anna’s Theme from “Love Me Alone”:


Trap Door Theatre, Chicago IL

Love and Information by Carol Churchill (2019 – Associate Sound Designer)

Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre, Tucson AZ

Lovers by Brian Friel (2018 – Composer/Sound Designer/Musician)

Opening from “Lovers”:


Oaf by Matt Walley and Wolfe Bowart (2018 – Sound Design/Audio Engineer)

Rareworks Theater – Boston, MA

By the Bog of Cats by Marina Carr (2012 – Composer/Musician)

As If Nothing Ever Happening from “By The Bog of Cats”:


The Rogue Theatre, Tucson AZ

The Crucible  by Arthur Miller (2019 – Composer/Musician)

Theme from “The Crucible”:


The Secret in the Wings by Mary Zimmerman Brecht (2019 – Composer/Musician)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Simon Stephens (2018 – Composer)

Galileo by Bertolt Brecht (2018 – Composer/Musician)

King Lear by William Shakespeare (2018 – Music Director/Composer/Musician)

Three Tall Women by Edward Albee (2018 – Music Director/Composer/Musician)

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, adapted by Frank Galati (2018 – Music Director/Musician w/ Vicki Brown on violin)

Bach at Leipzig by Itamar Moses (2017 – Music Director & Sound Designer)

Celia, A Slave by Barbara Seyda (2017 – Music Director/Musician w/ Vicki Brown on violin)

A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde (2017 – Music Director/Composer/Musician)

Macbeth by William Shakespeare (2017 – Music Director/Composer/Musician)

The White Snake by Mary Zimmerman (2017 – Music Director/Composer/Musician w/Callie Hutchinson on violin, viola & Erhu and Karen Falkenstrom on percussion)

Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekov (2016 – Music Director/Composer/Musician w/ Derek Granger on clarinet)

Angels in America Part I: Millennium  Approaches by Tony Kushner (2016 – Music Director/Composer/Musician)

The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder (2016 – Music Director/Musician w/ Miguel Molina on Panpipes, Navajo flute, and Charango)

Miss Julie by August Strindberg (2016 – Music Director/Composer/Musician w/ Miguel Urbina on viola)

By The Bog Of Cats by Marina Carr (2016 – Music Director/Composer/Musician w/ Samantha Bounkeua on violin)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard (2015 – Music Director/Composer/Musician)

Hamlet by William Shakespeare (2015 – Music Director/Composer/Musician)

Theme from “Hamlet”:


The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (2015 – Music Director/Composer/Musician)

The Lady in the Looking Glass by Virginia Woolf, Adapted by Cynthia Meier (2015 – Music Director w/ Charles Zoll on piano)

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (2015 Music Director/Composer/Musician)

Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth (2014 – Music Director/Composer/Musician w/ Natalie River Catren on flute and violin)

Awake and Sing  by Clifford Odets (2014 – Music Director/Composer/Musician)

Dante’s Purgatorio by Patrick Baliani (2014 – Musician w/ Paul Amiel on harp and flute)

Betrayal by Harold Pinter (2014 – Musician)


Jake Sorgen CV