JACOB RIVERA-SANCHEZ is based in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. He is an Actors' Equity Membership Candidate and, by day, serves as the Business Manager for Texas Wesleyan University's Theatre Department, where he works, according to Dolly Parton's tuneful suggestion, from "9 to 5." He's also a full-time musical theatre enthusiast who, since 2014, is noted as ShowTickets.com's Ultimate Broadway Fan (formerly NewYork.com). Seriously... it was a thing!
He is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University, thanks to a full-ride scholarship from the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre - Performance & Directing with multiple honors including Magna Cum Laude and Mr. Texas Wesleyan.
In 2016, he was named 1st Runner-Up in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's Musical Theatre Initiative finals. Upon this announcement, he was accepted to the Open Jar Institute in New York where he studied musical theatre performance under the direction of Jeff Whiting and James Gray.
In 2018, he was named a recipient of the Bill Garber Young Theatre Artist Award by the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County.
Jacob has additional aspirations in theatrical marketing, directing, arts administration, and journalism. His hobbies include lettering, drawing, reading, staying up-to-date with the New York theatre scene, and collecting cast albums.
SOMEWHAT FUN FACTS
What Introduced Me To Theatre? Filmed production of Cats
Favorite Musical: Follies, Gypsy, Hadestown, Carousel, Sunday in the Park with George, ... so many!
Favorite Plays: August: Osage County By Tracy Letts and A Doll's House, Part 2 By Lucas Hnath
Shows I Wish I Saw: Broadway revivals and original productions of Follies, Gypsy, Applause and The Apple Tree
First Audition: Commercial for Oscar Mayer singing the theme song
Favorite Costume: "Benjamin Calypso Dancer" in Joseph... Dreamcoat with those ruffle sleeves!
Favorite Non-Theatre Musicians/Artists: Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco), Selena, Britney Spears, Adam Lambert, Adam Levine, Elvis Presley, Sara Bareilles
I Define Success As... "doing what you love every day."
Favorite Composer: Stephen Sondheim, but I also like some of Andrew Lloyd Webber's work, and Jerry Bock, Jason Robert Brown, Jeanine Tesori, Marc Shaiman, Rodgers & Hammerstein... the list goes on!
Favorite Playwright: Christopher Durang, David Lindsay-Abaire, and Neil Simon
If My Life Were A Musical, The Score Would Be By...? Harnick & Bock or Strouse & Adams
People I Admire: My Grandparents (for their hard work), Robbie Rozelle (cast album and graphic design guru), Frank "Fraver" Verlizzo (theatre design artist), Justin "Squigs" Robertson (illustration), and so many more!
Favorite Quote: "Be strong and do not give up, for your hard work will be rewarded." - 2 Chronicles 15:7