Jacob Zimmer


Born in Cape Breton and growing up in Halifax, I now live and work around the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto.

I’m a curious generalist with a very specific focus:
I pay a lot of attention to how people come together and share ideas.

This includes how people present with authenticity and make real connections with the people that matter to them.

As a consultant and teacher I bring humour, insight and the appropriate balance of compassion and challenge. I believe that we all have different approaches to presenting and that my job is help you find the right way for your situation.

There are good practices we can generalize about, but the best ones’ use your strengths in the specific context you find yourself in.

My background is as a theatre director, performer, teacher, speaker, facilitator and dramaturge and I’ve worked in Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, St John’s, Saint John and Montreal.

I founded and run Small Wooden Shoe Planning and Performance, a (mostly) theatre company that engages with the world while maintaining the need to perform – to step up and to entertain. For over ten years we’ve worked to prove that good ideas are entertaining and that work has been recognized across the country. As well as working with people in other professions, I lead performance workshops for actors, dancers, directors and choreographers.

I’ve been a featured speaker at Performance Creation Canada in Halifax NS and Armstrong BC. I’ve presented at Simon Fraser University, University of Waterloo, Condcordia University and at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.

With Misha Glouberman, I organize the UnConference on the Future(s) of Toronto Performance and have facilitated unconference-like events for Harbourfront Centre and the Literary Managers and Dramaturges of the Americas as well as Small Wooden Shoe and Dancemakers. I’ve facilitated groups talking about urban planning, arts policy and transit issues with MASS LBP and been an invited panelist for the Canadian Public Arts Funders, Toronto Arts Council, the Literary Managers and Dramaturges of the Americas, Canadian Stage, Canadian Dance Association, Society for Dance History Scholars and the Toronto Fringe Festival among others.

I write online at Minor Expletives and Better Questions and for Canadian Thea

  • Work
    • Consulting, Coaching, Teaching, Theatre
  • Education
    • BFA Theatre. Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts.