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Jacob Burns scored in the 99th percentile on both the SAT and ACT, but he’s also an actor, dancer, singer, and academic tutor specializing in SAT Prep.
Jacob knew he wanted to perform professionally when he was in middle school, but has maintained a passion for academic studies. In high school, Jacob attended the highly competitive Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology, and graduated as a valedictorian. He scored in the 99th percentile on both the SAT and ACT, and was a National Merit Scholar Finalist as well as an AP Scholar with Distinction. After a successful college audition season, Jacob chose to attend Texas State University on a full-ride academic scholarship. He graduated summa cum laude in 2019, with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Political Science. Since graduating, Jacob has taught as an SAT Instructor in New York City for the company A-List Education, and has taught at Texas State’s NEXUS musical theatre summer intensive for high schoolers.
As a performer, Jacob has performed at regional theaters across the country. Most recently, he led the Jets as Riff in Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s acclaimed production of West Side Story, with new choreography by Hamilton’s Jon Rua. Shortly afterwards, Rua brought him on board again to ring in the New Year at Madison Square Garden, performing with the band PHISH in front of a sold out crowd. Jacob then spent the first few months of 2020 working alongside Robert Hartwell as Dance Captain, creating new choreography for Memphis at North Carolina Theatre. His other regional credits include Hairspray at Dallas Theatre Center, Newsies and West Side Story at Connecticut Rep, Mamma Mia at Casa Mañana, and the world premiere of The World According to Snoopy at TUTS.
Jacob is looking forward to working with fellow young artists and bringing SAT preparation to The Broadway Collective’s curriculum. He understands firsthand how valuable standardized test scores can be in the college process, even for performing artists. He firmly believes that with the right strategies, anyone can unlock their full potential and improve their test scores significantly.
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