Hi! I’m Jake.
I write plays about things that are messy and hard to sum up: grief, American identity, terminal illness, white male privilege, the terror of existence…
I laugh a lot — in my plays and in my life.
My work has been developed and produced in the US and UK. I’ve been supported by: the National Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland, Soho Theatre, Ars Nova, Playwrights’ Center, FaultLine (SF), American Theatre Company, Asolo Rep, The Orchard Project, and the New Theatre of Riga. You can learn more about some of my plays on this site (shortcut here.)
I have an MFA in playwriting from Yale. Some of my former teachers include: Paula Vogel, Lynn Nottage, Lisa Kron, Sarah Ruhl, Ken Prestininzi, and Frank Pugliese.
In 2019, I’ll be in Scotland to write the text for a piece of devised theater about demonically possessed teenagers. It is being supported by the National Theatre of Scotland and will premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.
When I’m not in a theater, I write for other media. I’ve got a fiction podcast in the works with Gimlet. I write script for NatGeo TV. Recently I wrote dialogue for an augmented reality game at the same time I was ghostwriting a book about cryptocurrency. A few years ago, I created a branded content web series starring the Backstreet Boys.
I also teach. I created the nationally-sourced apprentice program at the Orchard Project and overhauled the apprentice program at the O’Neill Theater Center. I’ve been on faculty at Connecticut College, Wesleyan, and the National Theatre Institute.
I grew up in DC. I currently live in Brooklyn with my wife, son, and dog (who features heavily on this site and my Instagram). I used to live in London.