Jacob Janssen

I believe that knowledge is gained through practice. We start from what we perceive to be true and test that against real world conditions, and generate new understanding. The process of gaining knowledge is work and with work comes struggle, joy, and meaning.

I believe that all work in the theatre is collective, and that we come together to generate new understanding together, not apart.

I believe that artists have an active role in creating the future we will inhabit, and that we must stand against oppression in all its forms, no matter what form that oppression takes.


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.  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.