The founder of Jacob Krueger Studio, Jacob has worked with thousands of writers, from Academy and Tony Award Winners, to beginning writers picking up the pen for the first time. Jacob is a WGA Paul Selvin Award Winning screenwriter, playwright, producer and director.

Jacob’s first produced movie, the Emmy Award Winning “The Matthew Shepard Story” (2002) won him the Writers Guild of America Paul Selvin Award and a Gemini Nomination for Best Screenplay. 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 and Miniseries.

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  • I was really impressed with the way Jake presented the story elements, I was always looking at the car for the sake of the car, but Jake opened the hood, took everything apart and put it all back together again. - Brady W
  • Jake brings such an enormous energy, passion and commitment to his teachings. He is so engaging that the time just flies by! What helped me most was actually turning in pages for critique. Getting someone’s view on what I’d written took me out of my own insecurities and helped me to write better! - Julia M
  • This workshop helped me to understand how important the character is and their importance within the film. I learned the fundamentals of writing a screenplay without realizing I was in a class. - Damon A.
  • Jacob is honest and his experience and openness both encouraged me to be honest and open with myself as well as be confident in my abilities. He has amazing energy and it shows with his intricate breakdown of storytelling and screenwriting lessons. - Jimmy M
  • Jake is a powerhouse lecturer! I found his teaching more than helpful and his focus on creative freedom refreshing! He is so positive and makes even looking at the tough parts I’ve written easy and with positive eyes! - Sara C

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.

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“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

“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.”

–Mark Waid Writer,

“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.”

–Christine Boylan,


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