D.W. JACOBS

WRITER/ACTOR

BIO

D. W. JACOBS is a playwright, director, actor, teacher and producer. He studied science, mathematics, photography and international relations in high school, shifting to political geography at U.C.S.B. In 1968, he took his first acting class and heard Buckminster Fuller speak. His brother, Steve, invited him to the College of Creative Studies, saying, "You’ve got to come and listen to this guy talk." Jacobs began writing scripts at Cal Arts in classes taught by Alexander Mackendrick. He co-founded San Diego Rep in 1976 with Sam Woodhouse, serving as Artistic Director for twenty years. He resigned in 1997 to put more focus on independent creative projects, including his play R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE (world premiere at San Diego Rep, March 31, 2000, with Ron Campbell as Bucky.) The Foghouse production played in San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle. In 2005, MEMOIRES (et Mysteres) DE L’UNIVERS played in Montreal, produced by Theatre Alambic and Theatre Denise-Pelletier, translated by Maryse Pelletier. In 2008, Joe Spano played Bucky for the Rubicon Theatre Company in association with Z Space Studio, with tour dates in the Western States. Portland Center Stage production was produced the play in late 2008 with Doug Tompos as Bucky. Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.) produced it in 2010, with Rick Foucheux as Bucky. Jacobs is now working on scripts for theater, film and digital video. With a commission from Z Space Studio, he wrote a stage adaptation of Bellamy’s utopian novel Looking Backward. As an actor, he’s played Joe in The Time of Your Life, Claudius in Hamlet, Howard in Mac Wellman’s A Murder of Crows (produced and directed by Darla Cash), Senator Bob in the world premiere of Mac Wellman’s 7 Blowjobs, Andrew in Chuck Mee’s Limonade Tous Les Jours, and most recently, Salter in Caryl Churchill’s A Number. With Scott Feldsher, he co-wrote and co-directed The Whole World is Watching, an adaptation of the Oedipus trilogy as TV talk show. D. W. Jacobs is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society, the Dramatists Guild of America, and the National Theatre Conference.