Drama Grad, Former Lecturer Mark Jackson Named Director of Studio A.C.T.

Thursday, November 09, 2017
Black and white photo of Mark Jackson sitting at piano

AMERICAN THEATRE -- “Mark Jackson is an award-winning playwright and director, an experienced actor, and a wonderful teacher,” said A.C.T.’s conservatory director, Melissa Smith, in a statement. “We are thrilled to have him come on board as the director of Studio A.C.T. and believe his years of artistic and educational experience, along with his many relationships in the Bay Area arts community and beyond, will elevate the visibility and reputation of the program.”

Jackson served as the artistic director of Art Street Theatre in San Francisco from 1995 to 2004. His plays have been developed at A.C.T., Capital Stage, Cutting Ball Theater, English Theatre Berlin, EXIT Theatre, Magic Theatre, Playwrights Foundation and Z Space. Jackson has been a company member of Shotgun Players since 2010. He’s been a resident playwright of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, where he was awarded the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Honorary Fellowship.

Other awards and honors include the German Chancellor Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, a Magic Theatre/Z Space New Works Initiative commission and the San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award. Jackson holds a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University, where he has taught.

Photo by Pak Han