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Department of

Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Jacob Bruce

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Mr. Bruce has been working professionally in the theatre for more than 20 years.  As an actor he has appeared onstage in Chicago in “As You Like It”, “The Crucible”, All In The Timing”, “Rumors”, and many others.  At Busch Gardens: Williamsburg, Jacob originated and co-wrote the character “Professor MacDougall”.  In Los Angeles he was a member of the Knightsbridge Theatre Company where he starred as Randle McMurphy in the BackStage West’s Critic’s Pick, “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”.  He was also a member of the Original Understudies Improv Group and co-created “The $5 Only Improv Show”, and has performed in over 300 improv shows.  Television credits include “ER”, “Las Vegas”, “American Dreams”, “Standoff”, “Prairie Fever”, and recurring roles on “Crossing Jordan”, “The Young & The Restless”, and “Roswell”.  In San Diego, Jacob has been seen onstage at Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company in “Yellowface” and “26 Miles” and at North Coast Repertory Theater in “The Underpants”, and he is currently on several house teams at Finest City Improv.  Jacob has also worked in the scene shop at Knightsbridge Theater, The La Jolla Playhouse, and Cygnet Theater, building sets for such shows as “Little Miss Sunshine”, “Marat/Sade”, “Limelight”, “Sweeny Todd”, and the award-winning “Private Lives”.


Bachelors of Fine Arts, University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana, 1996
Emphasis: Acting
SAFD Certified in stage combat under Dr.
Robin McFarquahar.  Studied the Meisner
Technique under Gene Terruso and acting for the camera with David Man.

Scholarly and Creative Work


Teaching Interests

Jacob has taught acting, improvisation, theater sports, acting for the camera, audition techniques, and dialects.  He is an Improv instructor at Finest City Improv in San Diego, does private audition coaching, and has been a guest instructor through Mo’oleo PAC at the San Diego Performing Arts High School as part of the theater’s education/outreach program.  He has also been a guest lecturer at UCSD helping to train future teachers to use acting tools to become better educators.