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Award-winning Director, Educator & Theatre Administrator 

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Originally from the woodlands of Maine, Jacob is an award-winning Theatre Director and two-time Josephine New York Theatre Award Nominee. His career has spanned from productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, Opera, and TV/Film. Highlighted credits include: The Great Look (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway), Chicago (Broadway), Bullets Over Broadway (Broadway Tour), On The Town (Broadway), and Hello Again (Off-Broadway). Jacob has had the privilege of working and studying along-side legendary director/choreographer mentors Susan Stroman and Ann Reinking, has trained with The University of The Arts, The Society of American Fight Directors, and is a proud graduate of the Temple University School of Drama, where he earned degrees in Theatrical Directing, and Business Studies. Jacob currently serves as the Founding Artistic Director of The National Broadway Theatre in Grand Rapids, MI. ( as well as a Faculty Member at The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

Awards Include:

Josephine Award For Excellence In NY Theatre  

Best Direction (Nomination)

Josephine Award For Excellence In NY Theatre 

Best Overall Production (Nomination)

UOA Artistic Director's Award 

AIM Theatre Award

F.A. Drama Award

Lions Club International Malcom Wilson Award

WCSH Channel 6 News - Cover Story - Josephine Awards 2019

Alec Kerr, Theatre Critic

- The Conway Daily Sun

"This is a large cast with sometimes dozens of people onstage. Yet, it doesn't feel busy or cluttered, which is credit to Dunham's articulate direction...It is simply stunning!" 
(Newsies Critic Review, 2023)
"Dunham has gotten fun performances from all of his actors who all he ideally cast!"
(Young Frankenstein Critic Review, 2022)

Aimee Frechette, Artistic Director

 - Arts In Motion theater Co.

"Working with Jacob is truly a collaborative experience. He is the epitome of a team player who looks to his counterparts to help shape the piece of art he sets out to create. Everyone grows while in his presence. He empowers actors to discover their brilliance, often uncovering talents previously hidden. Jacob ignites the spark of creativity in all and encourages those fortunate enough to work with him to soar beyond their limits."

Blake Kile

- Broadway Designer

"Jacob's insightful direction and keen understanding of how light can enhance narratives truly creates a collaborative atmosphere. His willingness to explore creative ideas and incorporate lighting as an integral part of storytelling not only elevates the visuals but also enriches the overall production.“


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