Jacob Watson

Director, Growth Stage Programming

Jacob Watson is a socially-engaged artist, researcher, and educator. He designs plays, workshops, conversations, and public programs that move people into deeper understanding of themselves and their communities.

Jacob is a founding member of the FYI Performance Company at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health and an organizer for Swarm Artist Residency. He has created performances with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Redmoon, Theatre Unspeakable, Piven Theatre Workshop, Chicago Home Theatre Festival, and Erasing the Distance. He has also been a researcher at Project Zero and a program manager for interdisciplinary learning initiatives at Columbia College Chicago. He currently works as a consultant and coach specializing in learning and community engagement, through a justice lens.

Jacob’s work has been supported by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and the Faber Residency in Olot, Spain. He received his Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard University and B.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University. He is also a scenic designer, performer, graphic designer, singer, mover, facilitator, deep thinker, teacher, and scholar.