ABOUT JACOB KRUEGER
Over his years in the entertainment industry, Jacob Krueger has worked with thousands of writers, from Academy and Tony Award Winners, to beginning writers picking up the pen for the first time. The founder of Jacob Krueger Studio in New York City, Jacob is an award winning screenwriter, playwright, producer and director.
Rather than imposing formulaic models from the outside, Jacob teaches a unique approach to organically “grow” your script from initial idea, to character, to scene, to act, to the movie you’ve always dreamed of writing. His classes, one-on-one mentorship, and international retreats utilize Seven Act Structure to help writers of all levels to unearth the underlying structure already present in their writing, get their story moving again and translate their creative instincts into a form that is viable in the industry.
Jacob’s first produced movie, The Matthew Shepard Story (2002) won him the Writers Guild of America Paul Selvin Award and a Gemini Nomination for Best Screenplay. The NBC film, directed by Roger Spottiswoode (And the Band Played On), and produced by Goldie Hawn, was based on life of gay hate-crime victim Matthew Shepard. The film won Stockard Channing a SAG Award and her first Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Sam Waterston a Gemini Award for Best Supporting Actor.
He has collaborated on original film musicals with Tony Award winning composers Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon) and with four-time Academy Award Composer Michel Legrand (Yentl, The Thomas Crown Affair), as well as a full slate of solo projects ranging from Feature Films to TV Miniseries.
Prior to embarking on his writing and directing career, Jacob Krueger worked as an executive at Alliance Atlantis Entertainment. During his four year tenure, he became the youngest person to hold the title of Story Editor, writing over thirty original treatments and working one-on-one with other writers to develop an entire slate of TV Movies and Miniseries. His treatments have sold to many major networks. Notable projects include CBS telepic Crossed Over (starring Diane Keaton), miniseries The Salem Witch Trials and Joan of Arc (nominated for eleven Emmy awards).
Jacob’s stage work includes the critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of What To Do When You Hate All Your Friends (Theatre Row, 2008), A Guy Adrift in the Universe, (Payan Theatre, April 2007) and The Sound of a Voice by David Henry Hwang (Whitmore Theatre, May 2005). Jacob is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Four Chairs Theatre Company and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.
Jacob graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 1997. A Presidential Scholar in Creative Writing, he was mentored by such notables as Peter Parnell (The Cider House Rules, QED, The West Wing), and Bill Philips (Christine, Seduction in a Small Town), and acclaimed set designer Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili.
What They’re Saying About Jacob Krueger
“Jacob Krueger is a true collaborator, totally dedicated to the project, leaving his ego behind, but nevertheless demanding the highest standards because of his sharp dramatic sense and intuition.”
–Claude Michel Schonberg
Composer, LES MISERABLES, MISS SAIGON, THE PIRATE QUEEN
“It has been a joy for Claude-Michel and I to collaborate with Jake Krueger on writing the screenplay of our first cinematic project.”
Lyricist, LES MISERABLES, MISS SAIGON, THE PIRATE QUEEN
“Jacob is good. I mean, had-me-diving-at-the-keyboard-immediately-after-a-long-writer’s-block good. He helped me recognize what obstacles were in my way and how to confront them, and if he were smart, he’d have been billing for a percentage of all the work I turned out after just our first session.”
Writer, FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN and SUPERMAN: KINGDOM COME
“Not only did Jake help me with a particularly crippling case of writer’s block, but the lessons I learned from those invaluable sessions are still unfolding, months and years later. He has a rare complement of talent and craft, an ability to find the core of any problem, be it creative or personal.”