Black Theatre Alliance Award

“There was no theater in my school,” says Bre Jacobs, a 21-year-old senior at Columbia College who scored a lot of attention last year for her dynamic and heartfelt work in the Firebrand Theatre production of the musical “Caroline, or Change,”as penned by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori. Jacobs, who grew up in Kansas City, Mo., plans to address that deficit: “My goal,” she says, “is to bring the arts into neighborhoods that don’t have them.” Jacobs says that she always wanted to move to Chicago, due to its high level of opportunity just a few hours’ drive away from her home. And despite still being a year away from graduation, Jacobs already has three professional shows under her belt, including “Beehive” and “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights. Studying and rehearsal at once? “It’s hard,” Jacobs says, “but I love it that much.” We can see that.

Columbia College Chicago

Bre Jacobs, a senior in the Theatre Department’s BFA Program in Musical Theatre Performance, who received the Phylicia Rashad Award for Most Promising Actress for her performance in Caroline, or Change, presented by Firebrand Theatre in association with TimeLine Theatre Company