Jeffrey Jackson is an artist whose talents and achievements traverse a wide spectrum of the arts. He began his professional career at a very young age in the world of advertising, where he founded his own agency and went on to write and direct award-winning television commercials and video programs for nationally-known clients such as Sony, Western Union, and Merck. He successfully parlayed that experience into the world of the performing arts—first in film and then in the theater. He wrote, directed, and performed in an acclaimed short film, Our First Fight, which has toured film festivals around the world. His feature-length screenplay, White Collared, won the Best Screenplay award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and was acquired by a Sundance-winning film producer. Jeff has also worked for Disney, writing short films in development. He is currently in post-production on a new, hybrid movie/online game experience entitled Daemon 9, which he wrote and recently directed in Los Angeles.
For the stage, his first work was creating book and lyrics for a faithful musical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which ran off-Broadway in late 2007 and starred Tony nominee Hunter Foster. The Associate Press praised it for “bringing the classic tale thrillingly to life.” Gannett Newspapers called it “Dark but consistently engaging,” and Bloomberg radio hailed it as “Riveting!” and “Totally exciting!” The original cast album was released on Ghostlight Records and the play has been published by Playscripts through which it is currently enjoying ongoing stock and amateur-licensed productions around the world. Two Point Oh is his second work for the stage.
Jeff is a member of both Actors Equity and the Dramatists Guild of America.
A richly-developed, mature work that has been universally praised by audiences and press alike, and a proven box-office attraction with high-concept appeal.
|June 2010||1st public reading of Two Point Oh by award-winning 12 Miles West Theater Company in Madison, NJ, under direction of artistic director Lenny Bart. Audience feedback is overwhelmingly positive.|
|February 2010||Table reading at the Lark Play Development Center in NYC directed by May Adrales. More valuable insight and feedback garnered from participants and observers.|
|September 2010||Workshop experiment at Lark: 1st use of video projection technology in a reading demonstrates clearly that the play’s unique staging concept—Elliot being seen only via a video screen—works soundly, not only for the audience, but for the actors as well.|
|May 2011||Eight-week run at Detroit Repertory, an award-winning Equity theater. Prior to opening, Jackson works with director and cast, gaining new, valuable input that is incorporated into last-minute rewrites. Production is great success for theater. All press reviews are raves. Audience feedback overwhelmingly positive. Two Point Oh wins Michigan’s Wilde Award for Best New Play.|
|February 2012||Another roundtable reading at Lark under direction of Michael Unger, featuring actors Lorenzo Pisoni, Jenna Stern, David Furr, Judith Hawking, and Kevin Spirtas. More valuable feedback from all is incorporated into next draft.|
|April 2012||Week-long workshop at the Lark, culminating in two public staged readings with full video projection system. Directed by Michael Unger and featuring actors Jon Patrick Walker, Erin Dilly, Ian Kahn, Judith Hawking, and Graeme Malcolm. The weekday work sessions produce the most in-depth and valuable feedback to date, which Jackson incorporates into daily rewrites. The two staged readings meet with ecstatic audience response.|
|October 2013||AEA Showcase production at 59E59 Theaters in New York City. 16 performances directed by Michael Unger and featuring Jack Noseworthy, Karron Graves, James Ludwig, Antoinette LaVecchia and Michael Sean McGuinness. Both audience and press reaction is overwhelmingly positive. The New York Times hailed the play as “smart, provacative and funny” and included it among its “Critic’s Picks.”|