Jackson's technical expertise has had a great impact on the SAU theatre department, even in his short time here! He was the Assistant Stage Manager for Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he worked crew for both Lonely Planet and Cinderella, he designed props for A View from the Bridge, and he is currently Assistant Stage Managing the spring mainstage show Cabaret.
Jackson is going to be one of the technical backbones of the Theatre Department in the years to come, and we hope he will continue to bring his experience to each and every show!
Hometown: Bartonville, Illinois
Major/Minor: Theatre and Women & Gender Studies with minors in History and Sociology
What made you choose this combination of majors and minors?
I want to be able to help people, but I want to have my own hobbies. I enjoy theatre, so I could never give it up. I also enjoy activism and I would love to use theatre to be able to contribute to a better cause and increase awareness.
When did you start doing theatre? Why did you decide to continue pursuing it at Ambrose?
I started theatre when I was in 8th grade at a community theatre in my area. I played Judge Wise Old Man in a production of Big Bad. I really enjoyed my visit to Ambrose during the summer and I liked the department here and the people I met.
What is the show you would most like to work on and why?
I would most like to work on Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, because the set requirements, the music, and the lights are all incredibly unique and interesting.
What are some theatre productions you have been involved in in the past? And what do you hope to be involved with in the future?
Before coming to Ambrose I was involved in a lot of shows. These include Legally Blonde, James and the Giant Peach, and The Great Gatsby. I've also been a part of a few shows here already, including Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Cinderella and Lonely Planet.
Tell us a Fun Fact about yourself: I can do special effects makeup, specifically very gory, and that I work at a lot of different conventions when I have the chance.
Why did you choose St. Ambrose?
I chose St. Ambrose because I really liked the atmosphere on campus and all the people that I met, and the campus itself is really nice.
What is your favorite show you've done and why?
I don't like to pick favorites, but Lonely Planet was my first show at St. Ambrose, so it's really special to me.
What would your dream job be?
I would really love to be a rigger for any show on Broadway. I would also love working sound and designing the sound for a Broadway or Off-Broadway production.
What is your favorite class this semester?
I'm really enjoying my Stage Lighting class with Kris Eitrheim this semester. It's a lot of fun and I'm learning a lot about both our theatre and lighting design in general.
What Theatrical activities do you plan on being involved with next year?
I plan on being a part of most, if not all of the shows on campus next year, whether that be in a stage-management position, doing props, or designing the lights. I really just want to be involved in any way I can. I also hope to be working down in the shop this summer to help implement the new fly-rail system that the department is getting.