Staff Profile: Annie Jacobs, Production Manager
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Staff Profile: Annie Jacobs, Production Manager

Annie Jacobs, APAC's Production Manager

How did you arrive at APAC? What path brought you here?

I was looking for a way to work in a theater more, my other job is working at a shop that builds scenery, so still in the industry, but I don’t get to do any hands on in the theater world. So I sent a resume out to a bunch of companies saying I would volunteer or help out, and about 6 months later got a call from Tom Wojtunik, APAC’s Artistic Director, saying they were looking for a production manager.

What are you known for professionally? What do you have a knack for?

I think doing a little bit of everything. In every job I’ve ever had I tend to be the catch all for projects other people don’t want to do or don’t have the time to do. I also enjoy not having to do only one thing, but getting to do a whole range of stuff.

Who have you worked with in the past? And what have you done for them?

Since leaving grad school I have only worked at Showman Fabricators, another Queens company. I have worked as an associate Production Manager, associate Project manager, done internal IT, and other infrastructure projects for them, but I’m most proud of the sustainability initiatives I’ve done with them.

What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?

I love when I can help make really good art. I am a pretty logical person and approach things in that way, but when I can collaborate with amazing artists – designers, directors, actors, playwrights, and find ways for their vision to happen, that’s the most satisfying.

How long have you been doing what you do?

I started doing technical theater when I was 14. I knew pretty quickly it was the direction I wanted to go in. I really understood that the branch of technical theater that I wanted to pursue was production management during my last year of grad school (2004).

Where did you grow up and why aren’t you there now?

I grew up in Michigan – the suburbs of Detroit. Although I miss my family that’s back there, there’s not a lot of theater that way. I also have really loved living in different places and think the only way to really know what a place is like is to live there a couple years. I never really had an interest in living in one place my whole life.

Any nonprofits you love other than APAC, & why?

Broadway Green Alliance, and all the other non-profits working towards sustainability in our industry (Film Biz Recycling, Build It Green, Materials for the Arts, Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts, Julie’s Bicycle to name a few). I think it’s so important we as an artistic community start taking notice of what we’re doing to the world and stop making excuses.

What would be impossible for you to give up?

Although there are probably people surprised I’m not saying Diet Coke, I would say reading for pleasure. I read about a book a week, sometimes more, it’s the only time I really relax in the course of a day and whether it’s on a short train ride, or at the end of a long day, I find time to read every day.

How do you want to be remembered?

If I do my job right, no one needs to know I was even involved in a production. My position is one of just support. So professionally, I don’t need to be remembered, but I hope the productions I work on are.

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