NEWS FLASH: Cloris Awards for Excellence in Theatre Arts, 2019
The Friendly Hour pays "exemplary homage to real-life American heroes from a less jaded period in our history, using transcripts of minutes from a rural South Dakotan women’s club that gathered monthly from 1934 through 2004, when the last two survivors begin to fade.… These powerful Midwestern survivors are the stoic Americans to celebrate and honor, something Jacobson has accomplished with his lyrical, sweetly bucolic text.” --Backstage
“Tom Jacobson’s lovely new play chronicles the rituals of a women’s club in rural South Dakota from the late ’30s to 2007, and we watch the women with whom we grow increasingly familiar age and engage in theological disputes that are really at the heart of the matter. God’s purpose, and the purpose of community, interweave and clash through the decades … an impressionistic landscape that straddles the literary worlds of Anton Chekhov and Thornton Wilder.” --L A Weekly
THE FRIENDLY HOUR
is produced by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC
is produced by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC
World premiere by The Road Theater Company, Los Angeles
Associate Producer/Hair & Makeup
PRODUCTION/BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Des Moines Social Club, Historic Valley Junction Foundation, Theatre Simpson STAGE MANAGEMENT Theatre Simpson: A Year With Frog And Toad, The Learned Ladies, Festival of Short Plays 2010; THEATRE DESIGN Repertory Theater of Iowa: That Championship Season; Theatre Simpson: Festival Of Short Plays, The Servant Of Two Masters; ACTING Theatre Simpson: Push-Up 1-3, The American Dream, Back Story, Spring Awakening, Fall From Grace
THEATRE MANAGEMENT/MARKETING Des Moines Symphony: Marketing Manager; Iowa Dental Association: Marketing & Membership Manager; Alexandria (MN) Schools: Performing Arts Manager; Mixed Blood Theatre (MN): Management Intern. ACTING Alexandria (MN) Arts: The Addams Family; Theatre Simpson: Antigone, The Love Talker, Trash Anthem, One Flea Spare, Into the Woods, The Bear, Trojan Women. Countryside Players: The Sound of Music.
Graphics, Audience Services
GRAPHIC/AD DESIGNER Carroll Daily Times Herald, The Graphic Edge, Kingman Row Entertainment, Carroll Library, Donna Reed Foundation, AUDIENCE SERVICES Simpson College: Box Office Manager, House Manager, Audience Services (Undergraduate Assistant.) THEATRE DESIGN Theatre Simpson: Eurydice, Festival of Short Plays, A Year With Frog and Toad; ACTING/DIRECTING Theatre Simpson: Spring Awakening, Necessary Targets, Henry 5, The American Dream, Pride and Prejudice; Carroll Community Theatre: Steel Magnolias, Wizard of Oz, Annie, Peter Pan (Director); Kuemper Catholic High School: Speech Coach, Assistant Musical Director.
THEATRE DIRECTING/MANAGEMENT Theatre Simpson: Knowing Joan, Festival of Short Plays-Eco-Drama, Vagina Monologues, Women of Lockerbie. DESIGN/PRODUCTION Stage West: Baltimore Waltz; Des Moines Metro Opera: Three Decembers; STAGES St. Louis, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Simpson: Memory of Water, Lysistrata Jones, Alice's Trip, University; Costume Shop (Undergraduate Assistant), Scene Shop. ACTING/DIRECTING Theatre Simpson:
LIGHTING DESIGN Stage West: The Underpants, I am My Own Wife; Theatre Simpson: Kiss Me Kate, Tartuffe, Playhouse Creatures, The Comedy of Errors, Noises Off, Marisol, Carousel, Lysistrata Jones, The Winter's Tale, Peer Gynt, Love Letters, The Learned Ladies, Henry 5, A Year with Frog and Toad, Push Up 1-3; Lyric Opera of Kansas City: Don Giovanni, La Boheme, Tosca, Vanessa, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, The Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly, The Ballad of Baby Doe; Music at Simpson: La Canterina/Prima la Musica e poi le parole, Dido and Aeneaus/Venus and Adonis, Cendrillion, The Mikado, Die Zauberflute, I Paggliaci; SCENIC DESIGN Theatre Simpson: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pericles, The Women of Lockerbie, The Glass Menagerie, Betrayal; TECHNICAL DIRECTION Theatre Simpson: Festival of Short Plays '19/'18/'17/'16, Kiss Me Kate, Silent Sky, The Bald Soprano, These Shining Lives, Knowing Joan, Marisol, Peer Gynt.
THEATRE Des Moines Playhouse: A Streetcar Named Desire; Coralville Arts Center: A Year With Frog and Toad, Bye Bye Birdie; Simpson College: Peer Gynt, The Learned Ladies; Yellow Tree Theatre: Expecting Isabel, Miracle on Christmas Lake; Jungle Theater (MN); Shirley Valentine, Driving Miss Daisy; Theatre in the Round (MN): Don't Dress for Dinner, The Burial at Thebes; Playwrights' Center (MN): 500 Words; Park Square Theater (MN): Rock 'n' Roll, Painting Churches. BUSINESS The Planning Center: Certified Financial Planner; Starbuck's: Store/Space Designer; Jungle Theater: Graphic/PR Designer.
EVENT/CREW MANAGEMENT Des Moines Metro Opera, Simpson College Conferences & Events, Brownville Village Theatre, Missoula Children's Theatre, Theatre Simpson DESIGN/TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT Brownville Village Theatre: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; Winterset Stage: Death by Disco; Theatre Simpson: Women Beware Women, Love Letters, The Learned Ladies, Festival of Short Plays; ACTING Brownville Village Theatre: June Groom, The Perfect Murder, Move Over Mrs. Markham, Lie, Cheat, and Genuflect; Theatre For A Change: The Winter's Tale; Missoula Children's Theatre: The Little Mermaid, Snow White, Cinderella, The Jungle Book; Theatre Simpson: Peer Gynt, Henry 5
Styling/Design Trend Magazine, Atomic Garage. Education Iowa State University - Apparel Design and Merchandising: Historical Dress and Museum Studies.
Speech and Dialects
DIALECT/VOCAL COACHING Des Moines Playhouse: A Streetcar Named Desire, Metamorphosis, Dinner with Friends; Stage West: Cock; Simpson College: Noises Off, Pride and Prejudice, The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Woman in Black, Tons of Money; ACTING Stage West: Vanya, Sonya, Masha, and Spike, Dancing at Lughnasa; Des Moines Playhouse: Little Woman, Sabrina Fair COMMERCIAL VOICE Hummel’s Nissan, Wells Fargo, John Deere, EMC, Mediacom, GMAC, Dupont; DIRECTING Simpson College: Silent Sky, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, These Shining Lives, Noises Off, The Memory of Water, University, Betrayal, Necessary Targets, Pride and Prejudice, Standing on My Knees TEACHING Simpson College: Acting, Voice, Dialects, Arts Management, Oral Interpretation, Directing; Des Moines Playhouse: Acting for Youth, Acting for Adults
DIRECTING Repertory Theatre of Iowa: The Diary of Anne Frank, That Championship Season; Des Moines Playhouse: A Streetcar Named Desire; Duluth Playhouse: Singin' In the Rain; Yellow Tree (MN): Expecting Isabel; Williamston (MI): Five-Course Love; Guthrie Theatre (Studio): Hopscotch; Other Professional: Seven Year Itch, Jesus Christ Superstar, I Do! I Do!, Noises Off, Lysistrata the Bluegrass Musical!, Mother Courage, Night at the Carlton With Ray Charles; Guest Residencies; The 39 Steps, One Man-Two Guvnors, On The Razzle, As You Like It, Antigone; Simpson College: Peer Gynt, Learned Ladies, Henry 5, Into the Woods, Trojan Women, Godspell, Quilters, The Woman in Black, Twelfth Night; Other Academic: Machinal, The Winter's Tale, The Marriage of Figaro, The Bacchae; ACTING Goldfinch Theatre: Macbeth; Stagewest: Time Stands Still; Other: Taming of the Shrew, The Glass Menagerie, Brigadoon, Carousel, My Fair Lady, Equus, A Flea In Her Ear.