Tanja Jacobs

Represented by: Pam Winter



Getting Married, director, Shaw Festival of Canada, May 2019.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, director, Shakespeare in High Park, Canadian Stage Company, July 2018.

La Bete, director, Soulpepper Theatre Company, May 2018.

Love and Information, by Caryl Churchill, co-director with Alistair Newton, Canadian Stage, April 2018.

2017 Graduate York MFA Program in Stage Direction in Collaboration with Canadian Stage. Mentored by Peter Hinton.

Twelfth Night, director, in High Park, Canadian Stage, July 2017.

Three Sisters, director, Foster Studio Series, York University. A bilingual version performed in English and American Sign Language, 2017.

The Model Apartment, director, Harold Green Jewish Theatre, starring Eric Peterson and Clare Coulter, May 2016.

Seeds, associate director, 2016 Western Canada tour, Porte Parole Theatre, Crow’s Theatre; Neptune Theatre, September 2017.

The Seagull, director, version by Martin Crimp, Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University, graduating drama project, full production in the Dunn Theatre.

The Seagull, assistant director, directed by Chris Abraham, Crow’s Theatre in association with Canadian Stage.

The Funny Parts: Great Comedic Roles for Women, teacher and devisor, Centre for Drama, Theatre and performance Studies, University of Toronto, (cover for Professor Martin Julien) third year undergraduate acting course.

Bloody Family, co-creator, with Philip McKee, original adaptation of The Oresteia, produced by The Theatre Centre September 2014, full production following three- year residency program.

The Last Wife, director, six-day play development workshop, new work by Kate Hennig, Stratford Festival, 2014. Play was selected for following season.

The Seagull, director, version by M. Crimp, National Theatre School of Canada.

Someone Else, assistant director, directed by Chris Abraham, new play by Kristen Thomson, Crow’s Theatre in association with Canadian Stage.

Associate Artist, Artist in Residence 2012, Crow’s Theatre, Toronto.

The Grandmother Project, devisor and director, a performance project with elderly women from Afghanistan, developed with grade six Muslim girls at DA Morrison Middle School.

France, or The Niqab, director, play by Sean Dixon, Summerworks Festival.

The Rules, co-director, with Banuta Rubess, Charles Mee’s experimental play, UC Drama, University of Toronto, Resource Play graduating project.                   

(uncle) Vanya, director, by Howard Barker, a reconstruction of Chekhov’s play, National Theatre School of Canada, graduating project.

Brothers and Sisters, devisor and director, a play about sibling relationships devised for a group of elderly women, United Church of Canada.

Bride of Sasquatch, director, dramaturge, Toronto Fringe.

Scenes from an Execution, director, by Howard Barker, National Theatre School of Canada.

The Eleventh David, director and dramaturge, by Kate Hennig, Summerworks Festival.

The Paper Bag Princess, co-director, with Leah Cherniak, George Brown Theatre School.

Hamlet for Girls, devisor and director, Artist in Schools Program, Rosedale Public School, with grade 6 girls.

Fuente Ovejuna, director, by Lope de Vega, Humber Theatre School, with a cast of 22.

1002 Nights, director and dramaturge, Shed Company, at the Cameron House, one woman show starring Tara Rosling.

Johann’s Cabinet of Wonders, director and dramaturge, play by Alex Fallis, Summerworks Festival.

Yodellers, director, by Michael Healey and Kate Lynch, Toronto Fringe.

The Painting, director, by Sean Dixon, with Diane Flacks and Michael McManus, Summerworks Festival.

Sky, associate director to director Peter Hinton, play by Connie Gault, Sky Productions, Tarragon Theatre.

Golgo, assistant director to director Peter Hinton, by Howard Barker, Acme Theatre, Harbourfront Centre.

Special Achievements

The Ark, 2008, 2006; two-time participant, a prestigious NAC theatre research project devised and directed by Peter Hinton

Starred in three solo shows and two virtually solo shows: Happy Days; Elisa’s Skin; The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; Big Face; The Man I Love

The Advanced Actors Workshop, 1991, 1988; two-time participant at the Banff Centre. This program was created by actress Patsy Hamilton for mid-career actors.

1989, 1991; Awarded Canada Council “B” grant to travel, research and prepare Manfred Karge’s one-person show The Man I Love. Travelled to Germany and Austria, attended over 60 performances in German. Directed by the playwright. Performed the play at Tarragon Theatre; invited to Festival Trans Amerique the following year.



2018 Winner, Gina Wilkinson Prize for a Female Director
2018 Finalist, Pauline McGibbon Award
2003 Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award, Best Actress in a Featured Role
1989 Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award, Best Actress in a Leading Role
1984 Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award, Collective


2016 Recipient, Ontario Graduate Scholarship;
2015 Recipient, Canada Council Professional Development grant;
2013 Recipient, Ontario Arts Council Theatre Creators’ Reserve grants;
2011 Recipient, Canada Council Artist in Residence grant, Crow’s Theatre;
2005 Recipient, Ontario Arts Council development grant;
2004 Recipient, Ontario Arts Council Artists in Education grant;
2004 Recipient, Tyrone Guthrie Award;
1995, 1994 Two-time recipient, Professional Theatre Training project grant, Theatre Ontario;
1989 Recipient, Canada Council “B” grant;1985 Recipient, Canada Council project grant;
1984 Recipient, Chalmers Writing Award.



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