Nikki Jacobs

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Nikki Jacobs was born and raised in Galesburg, Illinois—an old railroad town where you can still get a great loose meat sandwich. As a child, she got such a charge out of play-acting, she was convinced it was her calling. Her first scene partner was her sister with whom she re-enacted the infamous Mama and Eunice characters from The Carol Burnett Show for their parents. At age 5, she was cast as a spiderling in a community theatre production of Charlotte's Web. Her life changed at age 10 when she beat out two hundred girls to play the title role in her hometown production of Annie. More community and high school theatre followed. So did a BA in theatre and history from St. Olaf College, MN and an unwavering determination to be a professional actor.

A few months after her college graduation, Nikki landed her first professional acting gig as Maria in The Sound of Music at Horsefeathers and Applesauce Summer Dinner Theatre (yes, Midwesterners still appreciate horses and feathers). Other professional theatre roles where Nikki has played big-hearted women hell-bent on bettering their world include Bella in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers at St. Croix Valley Theatre, WI and Babe in Crimes of the Heart at Stage Center Theatre in Chicago.

Upon moving to Los Angeles, she enrolled in a scene study class with Joan Darling—Emmy winning director of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. For the Charlens Company, she was cast as Portia in an outdoor production of Julius Caesar and later as Queen Margaret in Richard III performing at Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. Nikki furthered the improv training she received from Charna Halpern and Adam McKay at Improv Olympic, Chicago with nearly three years of study at the Groundlings, LA. While at the Groundlings, she wrote and performed comic material in their Writing Lab show. Her most recent stage role was as the sardonic, yet loyal housekeeper Bertha who saves the day in Boeing Boeing at Rep East Playhouse in Santa Clarita, CA.

Nikki has been no stranger to independent film. She has lent her quirky sensibilities to many characters caught in unconventional circumstances. Some of her favorite film roles include: the spunky, peace-making waitress in the short film The Next Table, the small town lawyer debunking a psuedo-vampire in the mockumentary improv feature The Strange Case of Carl Weber, and a mother rescuing her son from a haunted house in the horror feature Haunting Villisca.

Nikki has a down-to-earth approach to her acting: not taking herself too seriously, sticking to the script, and listening to her acting partners. This has served her well in delivering truthful, inspiring, and easily relatable performances. She plans to now bring these techniques to the world of prime time TV. Stay tuned.