Mark  Jackson

Mark Jackson

Adjunct Professor, Theater

Mark Jackson is an award-winning playwright, director, performer and teacher. He was Artistic Director of Art Street Theatre, San Francisco, from 1995 to 2004, during which time he wrote, directed and performed in numerous productions for the company. Mark's work has also been seen at Aurora Theatre Company, Encore Theatre Company, EXIT Theatre, Potrzebie Dance Project, San Francisco International Arts Festival, Shotgun Players, and The Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.), among others; as well as internationally at Arts International Festival IV (Japan), Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK), and Deutsches Theater Berlin (Germany). His plays have been developed at American Conservatory Theater, Capital Stage, EXIT Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Magic Theatre, and Z Space Studio. Some recent directorial projects include Shakespeare's Macbeth, Mark's play, The Forest War, and his adaptation of Goethe's Faust Pt 1, all at Shotgun Players; Yes, Yes to Moscow at Deutsches Theater Berlin (Germany) and the San Francisco International Arts Festival; Strindberg's Miss Julie and Oscar Wilde's Salome at Aurora Theatre Company; and Mark's play, American $uicide, for Encore Theatre Company. Mark has also directed a number of productions as a guest artist of both the American Conservatory Theater MFA Program and San Francisco State University. In June 2003, Mark was the resident playwright of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, where he was awarded the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Honorary Fellowship. He is a 2004 German Chancellor Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which took him to Berlin, Germany, for the 04/05 season to work with Mime Centrum Berlin, a practical research center for physical theater. Mark was named "Best Director" by the East Bay Express in 2009 and 2004, "Best Theatrical Auteur" by the SF Weekly in 2007, and one of the "Top 100 Bay Area Artists" by San Francisco Magazine in 2002. Other awards and honors include two Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Awards, three SFBG Upstage/Downstage Awards, two Theater Bay Area CA$H Grants, and a Magic Theater / Z Space New Works Initiative commission. Mark's writing has benefited three times from the generosity of the Tournesol Project, a granting program for the development of new work. Mark graduated magna cum laude from San Francisco State University, where he was awarded the Theatre Arts Department Award for Outstanding Achievement in Directing. He has studied extensively with the Saratoga International Theater Institute, as well as Master Biomechanics instructor Gennadi Bogdanov. Mark has led workshops for actors at theaters and schools, and served on the faculties of Universities, in both California and Berlin, Germany, and was a Conservatory Associate at the American Conservatory Theater from 1999 to 2004. In addition to his work as a director and playwright, he continues to teach theater courses on a freelance basis at San Francisco State University, the American Conservatory Theater, and other organizations.
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Courses Offered
  • Playwriting