Jacob Brent


Musical Theatre Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre
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Jacob Brent comes to James Madison University from New York City where he spent ten years as a Broadway performer, a professional director and choreographer, and a teacher. Jacob holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Dance and a M.F.A. in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University.  Jacob is best known for his portrayal of Mr. Mistoffelees in the Broadway, London and Video productions of CATS. He is the only performer to have appeared in all three and the only actor to perform 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 while in the original cast of STARLIGHT EXPRESS in Las Vegas.  

As a director and choreographer his work can be seen Off Broadway, regionally and in summer stocks across the country.  In 2016, he choreographed WE ARE THE TIGERS, which was recently produced Off-Broadway. Other credits include, RAGS (Off Broadway), THE WIZ (Virginia Rep), NEWSIES (Forestburgh Playhouse), THE LITTLE MERMAID, FOOTLOOSE (Clinton Area Showboat Theater) XANADU (Watertower Theater) and LYSISTRADA JONES (PACE University), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM and AVENUE Q (Weston Playhouse), GUYS AND DOLLS and HELLO, DOLLY! (Indianapolis Symphony) He served as the choreographer for West Cost regional premiere of THE PRODUCERS (Diablo Theater Company.) Recently he directed WEST SIDE STORY and THE SOUND OF MUSIC for Shenandoah Summer Music Theater. Additionally, Jacob is one of the few approved to re-stage the original production of CATS, which he has done many times around the world.

When not working on productions, Jacob teaches in New York City at both Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway and well as highly involved in the Junior Theater Festival and Broadway Jr. productions inspiring a new generation of young actors. He adapted the high school editions of CHICAGO and A CHORUS LINE and has directed the premiere productions of LEGALLY BLONDE JR., RENT school edition, and AVENUE Q school edition.

Jacob currently serves as a Vice President of the Musical Theatre Educator’s Alliance and a proud member of Actors Equity Association.  

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