Degrees in Theatre and Intellectual History, Northwestern University
Department Head, MFA DirectingProfile:
Lou Jacob has directed plays and musicals in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His Off-Broadway productions include the U.S. premiere of The Glass Cage by JB Priestley (Time Out magazine Top Ten productions 2008 and Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival); Sam Shepard’s The God Of Hell, starring Randy Quaid and J. Smith-Cameron; Coyote On A Fence starring Paul Sparks (two Drama Desk Award nominations, Village Voice Top Ten); and Victoria Stewart’s Live Girls at Urban Stages.
Jacob’s production of Saturday Night Fever played for two seasons at the Beatrix Theatre in Amsterdam, and his own play, Night Train to the Stars, premiered in Tokyo at the Metropolitan Theatre. Other recent credits include Red (Asolo Rep and Maltz Jupiter Theater); The Catch (Denver Theater Center); Julius Caesar at People’s Light and Theatre Co. (Philadelphia Inquirer Production of the Year); Shakespeare, Moses and Joe Papp at the Roundhouse Theatre (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play); and Just So produced by Cameron MacKintosh.
Recipient of a Princess Grace Award, Jacob has been a resident director at New Dramatists and was an original New York Theatre Workshop “Usual Suspect.” He was mentored by such great directors as Elia Kazan and Frank Galati and holds degrees in theater and intellectual history from Northwestern University.