Lars Jan is the son of emigres from Afghanistan and Poland. He is a director, writer, visual artist and the founder of Early Morning Opera, a genre-bending performance + art lab whose works explore emerging technologies, live audiences, and unclassifiable experience. His original works have been presented by the BAM Next Wave Festival, Under that Radar Festival at the Public Theatre, REDCAT, Whitney Museum, Sundance Film Festival, Istanbul Modern, Toronto Nuit Blanche, London’s Burning Festival, and Poland’s Divine Comedy Festival among many others.
Recently, his climate-change themed installation, Holoscenes, created a sensation in Times Square. As the winner of the 2017 Audemars Piguet Art Commission, he exhibited a large-scale installation during Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2017. His performance of Joan Didion's The White Album will be presented as part of at the BAM Next Wave Festival and Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA in 2018/2019. He holds an MFA in Theatre Directing and Integrated Media from CalArts and is a TED Senior Fellow.