Jacob Jonas is a choreographer, creative director and the Artistic Director of Jacob Jonas The Company. He has been named “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, “Best New Force in L.A Dance” by LA Weekly, and “30 Under 30” by Jewish Journal. His works in live performance have been presented at the Kennedy Center, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts as Company-in-Residence, and Lincoln Center. Jacob has collaborated with artists including Kanye West, filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and Vanessa Beecroft.
As a filmmaker, Jacob has directed and choreographed original dance films that have premiered on NOWNESS and in festivals including Dance Camera West and San Francisco Dance Film Festival. Jacob has worked in advertising and fashion for a variety of clients including Nike, James Perse, Sony, and The Getty Museum.
As a producer and activist for dance, Jacob initiated #CamerasandDancers -a monthly and location specific Instameet combing the art forms of dance and photography through partnerships with significant cultural institutions, dance companies, architectural firms and social media influencers including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Zaha Hadid Architects, Whitney Museum, The Royal Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, New York City Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and the top influencers on Instagram, reaching millions of followers. Additionally, Jacob annually produces To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier a free Santa Monica dance festival. He has presented international artists including Pilobolus, The 7 Fingers, and DIAVOLO.
As an educator, Jacob has been invited to lecture and give workshops at universities and cultural institutions including USC Kaufman School of Dance, UCLA World Arts and Culture, USC Marshall School of Business, Western Arts Alliance, CalArts, Axis Connect and UC Irvine. In addition, Jacob was an invited participant to the 2017 annual Arts Summit hosted by The Kennedy Center and Yo Yo Ma for his arts advocacy and innovative use connecting dance and social platforms.
Jacob founded his company in 2014 with partner Jill Wilson and lighting designer Will Adashek to bring dance to a wider audience through collaboration, performance, media, and education. (@jacobjonasthecompany)