Jay Jacobson has trained and worked as an actor in Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University with a degree in Radio-TV-Film and a focus on film directing. Branching off into acting, he began his acting studies at the Wilma Theater with Gordon Phillips, and went to New York where he studied acting at HB Studios with William Hickey, and improvisation at Chicago City Limits. While on the east coast, he had a successful theater career, highlighted with leading roles in “P.S. Your Cat is Dead!" (as Vito Antonucci), the original Atlantic City run of “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” (as Louigie Dominico) and ”Gemini” (as Herschel Weinberger) for which he was awarded the “Dramateurs Award” for Best Supporting Actor of the Season.
Upon his arrival in Los Angeles, Jay appeared in many independent films, including the lead in the independent feature "Ghost in the Garden", as well as “The Return of Tuvia”, “Legally Dead”, “Frankie Goes to Hollywood”, “Crazy Comedy Feature”, “Shadows”, and “Article IX”. He also directed and appeared in the short film “Lonely Boy”, nominated for several film festival awards. His television credits include two seasons as a series regular on “Heartbreak Cafe” (Tom Wades), and most recently the pilot, “The Treaty of Amarog” (Clive). He has also appeared in half a dozen web series, including the lead role of Herman in "Candy".
Alongside his film work, Jay continued his successful theater career in Los Angeles, including his hugely successful original one-man-show, "Mental Creatures". Jay wrote the play which features eight characters, along with a singer-songwriter who narrates the show through Jay's original songs. This critically acclaimed show had a very successful six week run in Hollywood at the "Lounge Theater". Other Los Angeles theater highlights include productions of “Corpus Christi” (Peter), “Much Ado About Nothing” (Dogberry), “Soir Mama” (Bahama Mamma), “Fourplay” (Ethan), “Please Sign In” (Scott), “Psycho Burger Bistro” (Ethan), and he was an original cast member (along with Billy Campbell) of the ongoing improvised show “Dungeon Master” directed by Bruce Young. Jay performed long form improv for six months as part of the improv troupe “Goodbye Pluto”, and performed four weeks as part of the improv group, "Four Hot Brunettes".
Alongside his acting jobs, Jay is a professional singer and songwriter, having released five full length CDs of original music. His music has been played on radio and podcasts around the world, and he was named “The One to Watch” on the “Off the Charts” UK radio show. His second CD, “Ready”, includes the Top Ten internationally charting single, “Boy”. In 2010 he released his first music video for the song, “Love is Love”, (from his third CD “Revelations”) which created a buzz (including stories in USA Today Online, On Top Magazine, and Towleroad), and it has since won multiple awards in film festivals. He sang back-ups for Liza Minnelli on “The Tonight Show”, and at Universal Amphitheater as part of the Ewing Concert Chorale. You can find out more about his music HERE
Jay has also worked as a hand model in print and national TV commercials.