Teaching & Coaching
I work with actors of all levels. My goal is to help you do the best work possible whatever the medium.
Sessions are flexible and affordable. I have the deepest respect and compassion for actors, especially in the early stages of their careers, and understand the stress that a life in the theater can bring. With that in mind, I offer a sliding scale for all coaching sessions.
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I believe that the graduate school audition process is a fantastic opportunity to grow as an actor and to take charge of your artistic life and career. This is a time to look inside yourself and begin to decide what kind of artist you want to be and a chance to practice the skills that an actor needs to thrive. Approaching the process this way will not only put you in a strong position to attend a great program; it will allow you to go into the auditions with a clarity for what you seek so that you not only get great training - you get the training that is best for you as an individual. I'm much more interested in a process that leaves an actor feeling stronger and in a better position to personally succeed than one that's dependent on feeling validated by acceptance from a certain school or group.
I will take the time to get to know you and help you develop audition material that reflects who are as a person and the kind of work you are interested in developing over years of training. Together, we will work to create a plan for the audition cycle that will put you in a strong position to attend the drama school of your choice, but more importantly that will help you grow as an actor over the next few months and begin to feel a sense of ownership over your creative work no matter the results. If nothing else, you will come out of the process feeling that you've grown as an actor and an auditioner, and you'll have four great audition pieces to add to you repertoire.
As I coach I can offer help through the following services:
- Selecting Pieces
I will help you find material that speaks to you and that reflects who you truly are as a person and artist.
- Staging your pieces
I will offer guidance for self-direction and and help you build an audition package that seeks spontaneity in favor of an over-rehearsed or "frozen" performance.
- A mock audition
I will provide a chance for you to experience the flow of the audition day, including callbacks, a song, and interview, and we will talk about methods of handling the stress of the audition day.
- Essay support and advice
In addition to my work as an actor, I am a skilled writer and editor. I would be happy to be an outside eye for your essay.
- Audition Day Support
I will make myself available the day of your audition in case any questions come up or just to be a sounding board for encouragement and support.
- The post-audition haze
A "de-pressurize" session to discuss possible callbacks, choices between schools, or next steps in the process.
I am available to help with preparing sides for theater, tv, and film auditions. Sessions are flexible and affordable.
My work as a filmmaker has come to inform my life as an actor in significant ways. In addition to the preparation required for on-camera work, I can also provide technical advice as well as equipment for a well-lit and properly framed taped audition.
Shakespeare & Classical Text
Most of my early work as an actor was with Shakespeare and classical plays. I've studied Shakespeare and text with Peter Francis James (RSC, Yale Drama), Rob Clare (RSC), Vik Sivalingam (Almeida Theatre, LAMDA), Grace Zandarski (Yale Drama, The Actors Center), and others.
Solo Show Development
I have created and produced two successful solo shows and am available for script consultation and direction as you develop your project. I believe strongly in the power of personal narrative and the importance of sharing new voices for the stage.
Quick Teaching Bio:
Jackson is an actor, writer, filmmaker, and teaching artist based in Brooklyn. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
As a teacher, Jackson has experience in a variety of educational settings, including arts education programs, artist residencies in public schools, and at the college level. He began his career after college as a teacher's assistant in a high school special education classroom before pursuing acting full-time. He was a company member with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey for five years and taught Shakespeare in their educational theater programs. He has taught playwrighting with Writers Theatre of New Jersey and was a regular performer with their award-winning Young Playwrights Festival. He has also guest lectured in the education and theater departments at CCNY.
Since moving to NYC he has been working with actors as a mentor and coach. Actors he has worked with are currently attending Yale School of Drama, Harvard/ART, the University of North Carolina, and NYU Graduate Acting. As a filmmaker, he also brings technical knowledge that can make filming self-tape auditions efficient and easy.