Jake is a musical theater artist in New York City. He is a composer, lyricist, bookwriter, pianist, dancer, educator, and more. He is on faculty at Berklee College of Music in NYC in the Writing & Design for Musical Theater department. Jake recently completed a Post-Master's Fellowship at BerkleeNYC after having received his M.A. there studying Writing & Design for Musical Theater. Jake is currently developing his original musical Through the Frame with platinum songwriter Alexis Kesselman.
Jake has performed several original cabaret acts at 54 Below and the American Repertory Theater in collaboration with Sarah Naughton, including their political satire Javanka. Their musical Trapped in the Closet was the pilot episode of the The Micro-Musical Show podcast. Jake’s short dance film with Maddy Apple, Ode to the Singing Butler, which he directed, choreographed, produced, scored, and edited, was recognized at film festivals around the country. His original classical score won 1st place at the Golden Key Composition Competition in Vienna, Austria.
Jake has also appeared onstage in many productions. Highlights include performing on tour with A Chorus Line in Tokyo, appearing in the world premiere production of Chasing the Song at La Jolla Playhouse, portraying Peter in Peter in the Wolf at BAM, playing Andy Lee in Randy Skinner's production of 42nd Street at the Ogunquit Playhouse, and appearing in the immersive production AcousticaElectronica at the American Repertory Theater and House of Yes.
Originally from outside Boston, Jake began his artistic pursuits studying classical piano at the New England Conservatory of Music, at age seven becoming their youngest ever composition student. He also grew up dancing, training in tap, jazz, ballet, and modern, winning national competitions.
Jake earned his B.A. from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where he studied musical theater performance, writing, and producing. At NYU, Jake trained with Fiasco Theater, exploring the individual disciplines of musical theater and how they synthesize to tell a story that resonates with an audience.
Jake is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and Actors' Equity Association.
Photo by Ryan Nava
AcousticaElectronica at A.R.T.
Photo by Johan T. Anderson