Jacobs was born in San Francisco, with a Filipino mother and an American father. She later moved to Half Moon Bay, California, and then to New York. Her brother is Adam Jacobs, who is also a theatre performer.
Jacobs takes an active interest in environmentalism and animal rights, maintaining an environmental website called "Help Heal the Earth." She currently resides on the East and West coasts of the United States, spending time in New York City as well as Los Angeles.
Jacobs attended Princeton High School in Princeton, New Jersey, where she performed with The Princeton High School Choir. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance.
Dancing since the age of three, she studied ballet, tap, and jazz. Jacobs' first time in front of an audience was at the age of seven, as a Christmas present in a school play. She began studying voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and later at the Westminster Conservatory of Music. Her first taste of professional theatre came at the age of ten when she was cast in a new musical called Honor Song for Crazy Horse at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts in California.
Jacobs appeared as Rosa in the musical The Rose of Corazon at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. She also originated the role of Gabriella Montez in the original production and national tour of Disney's High School Musical. Jacobs then starred as Nina Rosario in the first national Tour of In the Heights, a role for which she received positive reviews from critics. Regional theatre credits include Camelot, A Chorus Line, and Ragtime.
Other roles include the role of Jennifer in the 2005 film Water Lillies and an appearance on the TV series Commander in Chief. Jacobs made her Broadway debut when she joined the cast of In the Heights, replacing Jordin Sparks as Nina. She played the role from November 15, 2010, to the show's closing on January 9, 2011.
Jacobs can be seen in lead roles in the films The Hitchhiker[disambiguation needed] and Letting Go. She was also a featured performer in a memorial service for the September 11 attacks in New York City, as well as a guest star on Disney 365. She then appeared in the revue For the Record: Baz Luhrmann in Los Angeles, presented by Show at Barre. It ran from February 12, 2011, to April 30, 2011. Also starring were Jenna Leigh Green and Kate Reinders.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 http://www.ariellejacobs.com/
- ↑ Oliveros, Oliver. "Film Actress Arielle Jacobs Plays Lead In IN THE HEIGHTS National Tour". philippines.broadwayworld.com
- ↑ Jones, Kenneth. "In the Heights Tour Launches in Tampa; Beltran, Toro, Jacobs, Santora Star". Playbill. October 27, 2009.
- ↑ Bacalzo, Dan. "Arielle Jacobs to Replace Jordin Sparks in Broadway's In the Heights". Theatre News.
- ↑ "Jenna Leigh Green, Arielle Jacobs & Kate Reinders star in Baz Lurhmann concert series", broadwayworld.com, February 3, 2011.
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- Arielle Jacobs at the Internet Broadway Database
- Arielle Jacobs at the Internet Movie Database
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