His first play produced by Edward Albee, Jacob has enjoyed productions nationally and dramaturged for companies all over Chicago. His play Under America will be produced by Mortar Theatre in Chicago this September. Having received Lee Blessing and Tennessee Williams Scholarships, Jacob was a finalist for the Christopher Brian Wolk Award. His first feature screenplay was a finalist for admission into the 2010 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. High school dropout turned doctoral recipient, Jacob has earned degrees from Clackamas Community (AA) and Reed Colleges (BA) and Northwestern University (PhD). It is from this unique vantage he writes. Currently, he is a Senior Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, co-founder and Managing Director of Mortar Theatre, and faculty at UIC and the School of the Art Institute. Further information: www.jacobjuntunen.com.