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“[Jacob Juntunen] is bringing a striking new voice to theatre in Chicago. I got a chance to chat with him after the show, and he is direct, political only in the sense of history, and does not wish to bring confrontation, but release from our American landscape, our nightmares, our misery. This is solemn theatre; not for those who wish to leave the venue singing a song. This is theatre for those who want to leave the theatre changed and moved,” from Chicago Theatre Blog, June 12, 2010.

An article in TimeOut Chicago about the side project theatre’s 16th Anniversary event, Tail Eats Snake, which commissioned and included Jacob’s short play, The First Yes. January 12, 2016.

Todd McConville and Rachel Slavick in The First Yes at the side project theatre / Photo: Scott Dray

“Jacob Juntunen’s ‘The First Yes’ brought tears to my eyes,” a review in Theatre by the Numbers of the side project’s 16th anniversary event, Tail Eats Snake. January 11, 2016

Press for the Belarusian Dream Theatre, which included Jacob’s short play See him?
Bennington College´s Outpost blog (Vermont) : 28 April 2014
Chicago Sun-Times : 24 March 2014
The Power of One: News from the Global Theatre Project – 24 March 2014
SIU News (Illinois, USA) – 21 March 2014
American Theatre magazine – Global Spotlight (USA) : 20 March 2014
Polskie Radio (Poland) : 10 January 2014
Belarusian Review (Belarus), Winter 2013 : Volume 25, No. 4 (p. 27-28)
The Nordic Page (Norway)
Novy Chas (Belarus) (New York, USA)
Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Television newsletter (Florida, USA)

In the Shadow of his Language is a finalist in the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, reported in, January 6, 2014

“Writers Prepare for Big Muddy Shorts” an article about the monthly evening of shorts that Jacob created for SIU students.

“Staged Reading Features Works of New Playwriting Professor” a brief article about Jacob becoming Head of Playwriting at SIU (Southern Illinois University) and his introduction to the community, “Dying Alone: An Evening of Optimistic Short Plays,” September 13, 2012.

Joan’s Laughter review in Chicago Theater Beat by K.D. Hopkins, May 29, 2012.

Jacob Juntunen’s Words Spring to Life” a profile from the UIC News, February 23, 2011.

Playwright Packs for Poznan, Poland” from the Chicago Public Radio blog, Onstage/Backstage, January 6, 2011.

Feature on Under America from TimeOut Chicago, September 1, 2010.

Mortar Theatre’s ‘Under America’ Explores Complexity of Public Housingreview of Chicago Mortar Theatre production, Fall 2010.

Zanzele Cooper and Jamell Carter in Saddam’s Lions at The Source Festival / photo by C. Stanley Photography

Source Festival: Group B” from D.C. Theatre Scene June 17,  2010
(review of “Saddam’s Lions,” a 10-minute play, performed as part of CulturalDC’s 2010 Source Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C.)

The Muses: Memories of a House” from The Austin Chronicle, September 2006
(review of “Here Be Dragons,” an excerpt from Lobsters and Lifers, performed by the Vestige Group in Austin)

Burying Voices and Brandishing Votes” from Northwestern Chronicle, October 2004

Performance Anxiety” from Chicago Daily Herald, March 2004

A Kind of Surrender Review” from The Portland Mercury, May 2001

Who’s Afraid of Jacob Juntunen?” from Reed College Magazine, May 1998