Jacobi Alvarez creates innovative works of art as an interdisciplinary artist, actor, dancer, director, filmmaker, and choreographer. She thrives at the intersections of mediums, in physical theatre, dance films, and dance theatre; she tells stories that can’t be told in just one art form.
Jacobi Alvarez graduated with a degree in Performance Studies and Dance from Northwestern University, where she studied with Mary Zimmerman, Lizzie Leopold, Dan Cantor, David Catlin, Mary Poole, Jeff Hancock, and more. Her director credits range from assisting Mary Zimmerman’s production of Metamorphoses at Lookingglass Theatre Company to self-producing her own dance films, including “Submerge,” “Honey,” and “Empty of Water,” which was featured in Northwestern University’s Senior Dance Concert in 2015. As a dancer, her work in Chicago has been performed from the Museum of Contemporary Art to the Athenaeum Theatre. She has choreographed artistic work under Glass City Films and corporate work under Storytrack Chicago. As an actor she has played roles ranging from Tink in Peter Pan to Celia in As You Like It, with film credits ranging from “Do Over” (winner of Best Comedy at Iowa Film Festival and Best Regional Film at Flatland Film Festival 2012) to the feature New Playlist.