Jacob Watson designs and facilitates experiences that move people into deeper understanding of themselves and their communities. He directs and produces theatre and uses creative, embodied strategies to foster expansive thinking, dialogue, and growth in educational spaces. He currently works in Boston, MA and Chicago, IL.

Jacob has been a researcher at Project Zero and a program manager for interdisciplinary learning initiatives at Columbia College Chicago. He is a founding member of the FYI Performance Company at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, which creates participatory theatre experiences that activate the creative potential of sexuality education. He has directed and designed performances with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Redmoon, Theatre Unspeakable, FYI, Piven Theatre Workshop, Chicago Home Theatre Festival, and Erasing the Distance. Currently, he is collaborating with Tellin' Tales Theatre to develop Always Greener, a new musical that seeks to redefine public perception of disability.

His work has been supported by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Swarm Artist Residency, and the Faber Residency in Olot, Spain. He has led workshops and presentations nationally at convenings including SXSWedu, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Network of Ensemble Theaters. Jacob has a certificate in Human-Centered Design from and has trained with DirectorsLabChicago, Santa Cruz Museum of Art + History, and Sojourn Theatre/Center for Performance and Civic Practice. His writing can be found online at Education Week and

Jacob holds an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard University and a B.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University. He is a director, scenic designer, performer, graphic designer, singer, mover, facilitator, deep thinker, teacher, and scholar.


Photo credit: Jenni Kotting