Michael began acting in the eighth grade and over 200 productions later, hasn’t stopped. Receiving his B.A. from Whitman College, Michael went on to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West and was a member of the first graduating class in 1976. He and his wife Kathy then decided to travel the country in their truck and camper, audition for various regional theaters before ending up in New York where Michael studied at the Herbert Berghof Studios with Uta Hagen and Michael Beckett. Returning to California in 1983, he became a member of the Shakespeare Santa Cruz Company from 1983 to 1986 working and studying with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company from England. In 1987 Michael was cast in The Normal Heart at the GroveMont Theatre which began a 27 year stint as actor-in-residence for what is now the Pacific Repertory Theatre.
Michael began teaching acting in 1988 for local adult actors. In 1995 he started teaching at California State University Monterey Bay with Luis Valdez in the Teledramatic Arts Department. Shortly thereafter in 1996 he was hired to teach “Accent Reduction” and Public Speaking for interpreters at what was then the Monterey Institute of International Studies, now known as the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Also in 1996 Mr. Jacobs was hired by Monterey Peninsula College to teach for the off campus drama program at Seaside High School and in 1998 he was asked to transfer to Carmel High School where he taught drama and directed theater for almost 20 years.
A published author, Michael wrote SPEAK like an AMERICAN, an accent reduction program for those who wish to sound more like or to be understood by Americans and co-authored Improving the Interpreter’s Voice. Michael is a firm believer in the craft of acting, believes training is invaluable and aspires to always improve in all aspects of the art. Theater is what excites and motivates him to be his best self.
He is a member of Actor’s Equity.