Position: Coordinator of Musical Theatre Dance; Assistant Professor, Dance (Jazz & Musical Theatre Styles)
Employed Since: 2016
B.A., Empire State College; M.F.A., San Diego State University
Fields of Expertise:
As a Directographer, Jacob Brent believes in creating with commitment and passion leading him to create award-winning productions by inspiring theater artists to share their talents with audiences everywhere. As a performer, Brent is probably best known for his portrayal of Mr. Mistoffelees in the Broadway, London and DVD productions of “Cats,” where he worked closely with its creator, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. He is the only performer to have appeared in all three and the only actor to have performed in both of the record-breaking performances of the longest running Broadway and West End show. He also had the privilege of working with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber when he opened the original cast of “Starlight Express” in Las Vegas.
Now, as a director and choreographer, he brings the same commitment and passion for theater to create productions such as “Xanadu” (Watertower Theater) and “Lysistada Jones” (PACE University), “Fiddler on the Roof,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “Avenue Q” (Weston Playhouse.) He served as the choreographer for West Coast regional premiere of “The Producers” (Diablo Theater Company). Directed and choreographed “Cats” at Merry-Go-Round Theater, Gateway Playhouse and Cohoes Music Theater. He recently worked on a new version of “Rags,” working closely with the original creators of the show. His all-star cast of “Guys and Dolls” for the Indianapolis Symphony was met with much acclaim. The cast included Gary Beach (“The Producers”), Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”), Hugh Panaro (“The Phantom of the Opera”) and Megan Lawrence (“Damn Yankees” and “Hair”). He later returned for “Hello Dolly!” staring Sandi Patty. He has also directed and choreographed the annual holiday show “Yuletide Celebration” for the Indianapolis Symphony the last five seasons.
When not working on productions, Brent teaches in New York City at both Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, as well as highly involved in the Junior Theater Festival and Broadway Jr. productions inspiring a new generation of young actors. He has directed the premiere productions of “Chicago” (High School Edition), “Legally Blonde Jr.,” “Rent” (High School Edition) and “Avenue Q” (High School Edition).
In addition to his theatre life, Jacob Brent is an award-winning photographer, avid cyclist and Disney enthusiast.