Some exciting news to kick off this holiday weekend! Wondering who will be leading our theatre department this coming summer? Along with a few long-time favorite faculty members, we look forward to welcoming friends from The House Theatre of Chicago, including Perry-Mansfield’s original “Sweeney Todd,” P-M Alumn Jake Minton.  If you’ll be in Chicago this holiday season, be sure to catch Jake’s dramatic retelling of the Nutcracker at The House Theatre playing until December 30th.  For tickets, click here.


The House is Chicago’s premier home for intimate, original works of epic story and stagecraft. Founded and led by Artistic Director Nathan Allen and driven by an interdisciplinary ensemble of Chicago’s next generation of great storytellers, The House aims to become a laboratory and platform for the evolution of the American theatre as an inclusive and popular artform.  The House was founded in 2001 by a group of friends to explore connections between Community and Storytelling through a unique theatrical experience. Since becoming eligible in 2004, The House has been nominated for 60 Joseph Jefferson Awards (23 wins), became the first recipient of Broadway in Chicago’s Emerging Theater Award in 2007, and was awarded a 2014 National Theatre Company Grant by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards. The 16th season of original work will begin September 2017 and The House will continue its mission to unite Chicago in the spirit of Community through amazing feats of Storytelling.


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.”