Jake Minton is a writer, actor, and teacher from Dallas, Texas. Trained in Dallas at the acclaimed Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet High School and Southern Methodist University's renowned Meadows School of the Arts, Jake also spent two incredible high school summers at Perry-Mansfield where he starred in Merrily We Roll Along and played Sweeney in P-M's first production of Sweeney Todd, both under the direction of Bruce Roach. After college, Jake joined The House Theatre of Chicago as an actor and playwright. He starred in many productions and co-wrote some of the company's biggest hits, including Dave DaVinci Saves the Universe, The Sparrow (Dramatic Publishing), Rose and the Rime (Dramatic Publishing), and an original musical version of The Nutcracker that has received dozens of productions throughout the country and can be seen on stage at The House every December. As a teacher, Jake has taught both theater and general education courses for students at the pre-school, elementary, middle school, high school, and university levels, including guest artist workshops at Northwestern University, Hope College, Bradley University, and Southern Methodist University. He currently enjoys teaching Kindergarten at St. John's Episcopal School in Dallas, where he has received recognition as an Outstanding Educator from the local ABC News affiliate. Jake has spoken about the importance of men in early childhood education at TedX SMU and about his love for Mister Rogers at The Extra Yard for Teachers Summit. In 2017 Jake was proud to return to Perry-Mansfield as the art teacher for the Discovery Day Camp. According to Jake, "Teaching very young children and teaching artists and performers of any age is exciting because both groups are passionate about making discoveries and finding new ways to experience and interpret the world around them. And both groups need help stepping beyond their own egos and creating communities based in kindness, courage, and collaboration. Being an artist makes me a better Kindergarten teacher, and teaching Kindergartners makes me a better artist."