A California native, Arielle Jacobs was most recently seen as Princess Jasmine in the original Australian company of Disney’s Broadway hit musical ALADDIN. Prior to that, she played Nessarose in the Broadway cast of WICKED. She also starred on Broadway as Nina Rosario in the four-time Tony & Grammy award winning Broadway musical IN THE HEIGHTS, opposite composer/creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Off-Broadway, she has starred in two world-premiere plays by Pulitzer-winning playwright and director Nilo Cruz; entitled SOTTO VOCE (as Lucila Pulpo) and FARHAD OR THE SECRET OF BEING (as Farhad, a young Afghan girl who was raised as a boy to avoid social exile but then reaches puberty and struggles with the limitations of becoming a woman in the Middle East.) Jacobs was seen in the original National Touring companies of IN THE HEIGHTS (Nina) and Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSCIAL (Gabriella), in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA: A ROCK OPERA (Julia), and in Dreamcatcher Theatre’s production of INTO THE WOODS (Baker’s Wife), opposite Broadway legend Tituss Burgess as the Witch.
Other credits include Broadway workshops of BETWEEN THE LINES (based on the bestselling book by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer), SECONDHAND LIONS (directed by Scott Schwartz), ATLANTIS (directed by Tony Winner Christopher Gattelli), DIAMOND ALICE (at Roundabout Theatre Company), CARMEN and NIGHTINGALE (both directed by Tony Nominee Moises Kaufman), MASK (with Tony-winning director Richard Maltby, Jr.), HEAD OVER HEELS (with Drama Desk winning director Ed Iskandar), and IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU (with director David Hyde Pierce). TV/Film credits include “Taxi Brooklyn” on NBC, “Commander in Chief;” “Dance War;” “Water Lilies”; “Disney’s 365” and more.
Arielle has sung alongside legendary great artists such as Teena Marie, Chaka Khan, Stephen Schwartz, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Damien Sneed, and has also performed onstage in many of America’s greatest concert halls (including Lincoln Center in NYC, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Symphony Hall in Boston, Yale Hall, the Saenger Theater in New Orleans, Kauffman Center, and many more).
While her singing voice can be heard on film scores and on television, she has also endeared herself to sports fans across the country singing the National Anthem for the LA Kings (twice!), the Boston Celtics, and the Texas Rangers!
Arielle founded The Girls Camaraderie Project, an organization that aims to build camaraderie and community, instead of competition, among middle-school girls. She has produced numerous benefit concerts to raise awareness and funds for her organization in Los Angeles and New York City, as well as a benefit concert for Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS with the touring cast of the Broadway musical “In the Heights”.
Her older brother, Adam Jacobs, is also a Broadway actor, having originated the role of Aladdin in Disney’s ALADDIN on Broadway (for which he received a Drama Desk Nomination). His other Broadway credits include LES MISERABLES (Marius) and Disney’s THE LION KING (Simba).