John Jacobsen - Director
Director and host of The Artist Toolbox, Jacobsen is the director of the recent short films Arthur, winner of the Best of Fest Award, and Spinning, and he directed the feature film Around the Fire which premiered at The Seattle International Film Festival where it was nominated for The Best Independent Filmmaker's Award, moving on to take top prize at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy.

John has also produced feature films and numerous award winning shorts. He has directed over thirty plays, assisted legendary Broadway director, Hal Prince, produced the Tribute to Katherine Dunham on CBS's Emmy Award winning Kennedy Center Honors, and worked under the Academy Award-winning documentary maker, Charles Guggenheim.

He has served as the Vice President of Seattle's ACT Theatre, one of this country's leading regional theatres and is President of TheFilmSchool which he co-founded with actor Tom Skerritt, Stewart Stern and other leading filmmakers. He managed the Motion Picture and Television Department at UCLA Extension, and was a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute (AFI). He is a partner in the production company Moga Jacobsen, is a screenwriter, and teaches writing and directing around the country.