S.2_E.6 - “The Supreme Value Of A Filled Seat” (Feat. Jacob Janssen)

Tune in for the final episode of the season, with an interview featuring Jacob Janssen, Artistic Producer of The COOP in Brooklyn, NY! This episode was recorded live as a part of Chicago Dramatists’ quarterly Fireside Chat Series. Jacob spoke with Network Director Ean Miles Kessler about how he interrogates the text of a new play, the tremendous importance of creating new work, and the supreme value of a filled seat in a theater.

This episode, which was recorded live as a part of Chicago Dramatists’ quarterly Fireside Chat Series, features Jacob Janssen, Artistic Producer of The COOP in Brooklyn, NY.  He spoke with Network Director Ean Miles Kessler about how he interrogates the text of a new play; the tremendous importance of creating new work; and the supreme value of a filled seat in a theater

Jacob Janssen is a director and producer. Jacob has served in administrative positions at several theatres including Studio Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre and Mosaic Theater in Washington, DC as well as American Theatre Company in Chicago. Jacob’s work as a director has included projects with Baltimore Center Stage, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, The Goodman, About Face, and others. He is particularly interested in international collaboration. This interest lead to the development of projects with The Goethe Institute, Instituto de Cervantes, the Embassies of Austria, Brazil, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland. Jacob was the Artistic Director of The Plimoth Players, the Original Practice Shakespeare company resident at Plimoth Plantation, in Plymouth, MA. In 2018, Jacob was awarded a DCASE grant by the Mayor of Chicago for artistic development. He holds an MFA in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University and a BFA in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

SELECTED CREDITS – DIRECTING: Fuga Mundi (Baltimore Center Stage); Carrie: The Musical, 10,000 Grey (Studio Theatre); This Bitter Earth (About Face); A Bright New Boise, The Maids, Richard III, Trouble in Mind, Contractions (The Theatre School); Supplication, Strangers on a Train (Source Festival); Camp Rock (Adventure Theatre-MTC); The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Plimoth Players); ASSISTANT DIRECTING: A View From The Bridge (The Goodman); Prospero’s Storm (Chicago Playworks); Red Speedo (Studio Theatre);The Totalitarians (Woolly Mammoth); Little House Christmas (Adventure Theatre-MTC); Unnecessary Farce, Footloose (Cape Playhouse); PRODUCING: Belleville, Bad Jews, Choir Boy, Laugh, Jumpers For Goalposts, The Wolfe Twins, Murder Ballad, Terminus, The Apple Family Plays, Tribes, Cock (Studio Theatre), The London Merchant (Shakespeare Theatre)

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