— Kevin Jackson Acting Studio

Directing Work

Saint Joan at the Genesian Theatre

Kevin Jackson will direct SAINT JOAN by G.B. Shaw at the  GENESIAN THEATRE commencing a season opening Saturday 3rd November, 2012.

Auditions for this production will be held in August. Dates are not yet decided. Interested artists should contact the Genesian Theatre at their web site for more information.

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Kevin is working on a pilot project with Campbelltown Arts Centre that aims to introduce people with a disability to performance based arts – theatre and acting – in the three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Macarthur. The project is about the core and growth of the individuals involved, taking a person centred approach to celebrate people with a disability. Key components of the project are as follows:

  • Initial meetings and workshops will take place between June and November in a venue in the LGA where participants live.
  • Two separate weeks of rehearsals at Campbelltown Arts Centre are scheduled for 11-16 November and 3-7 December.
  • Public performance in the week of International Day of People with a Disability, December 2012

Once the three groups of participants are established, Kevin will work with each group, teaching his approach to acting and shaping the work to be performed in December 2012.

The project will take shape through initial meetings with the partners and the participants and then regular sessions with Kevin that draw on participants’ interests, connections and skills. This process begins with conversations in which participants develop an understanding and learning about themselves that is essential to the art of acting. These sessions will grow into workshops and will determine a performance that embodies the particular attributes of the participants. This process reflects Kevin Jackson’s approach to people, acting and teaching.

While the project hinges on process rather than the results, the final performance directed by Kevin Jackson is also important and will be fully supported by Campbelltown Arts Centre.

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Pullman Car Hiawatha, at Sydney Theatre School

Kevin Jackson will direct a production of Thornton Wilder’s one act play PULLMAN CAR HIAWATHA for the Sydney Theatre School in Chippendale, Sydney,  with the first year students.

Check back at this website in early August for performance dates.

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iO Myers Theatre, March 6th – 10th, 2012

Presented by the Creative Practice and Research Unit at the School of English, Media and Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW
iO Myers Theatre, UNSW Kensington Campus


THE OTHER SHORE offers a profoundly limitless meditation on the human species, its journey through time and the unceasing tension between our identity as individuals and that of being part of a collective.

The play begins with a game, demonstrating our interdependence on and independence of each other. Then begins a journey across the river to its other shore, where, in a state of complete loss of any past knowledge, we begin a meditation on the creation of humankind and its journey of evolution. This is a distinctly Eastern contemplation that has reminded us of the Western PILGRIM’S PROGRESS or the medieval mystery play EVERYMAN.

Writer Gao Xingjian was born in China in1940 and so lived through one of the great experiments in the organisation of the human species: that of Communist China. Ultimately, the tension between his self expression and the pressure to conform to the Chinese government placed him in an intolerable position. Since 1987 Gao has lived in self-exile in France. He is one of the great writers of his society, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000 for his novel SOUL MOUNTAIN.

We have found THE OTHER SHORE to be staggeringly complex: a Buddhist contemplation, perhaps, attempting to explicate who we are and what our evolution is as a conscious species. We, the company, have begun an exploration of this great text. It has been and still is a humbling experience and we are sure you will be confronted and inspired by it.

Translated by Gilbert C. Fong this production of THE OTHER SHORE is a first in Sydney (Australia). Recent films, THE TREE OF LIFE, MELANCHOLIA have been mainstream examinations of who we are and what our journey through time may be. This play, similarly, proposes a provocation for us all to ask questions of ourselves and our own collective society and our roles in it.

More Info at CPRU…


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New Theatre, 7 February – 3 March 2012

Australian Premiere presented by the New Theatre

Long before Stonewall, a few brave men spoke up. In the closeted USA of the early 1950s, ‘temperamental’ was code for ‘homosexual’, part of a secret language that gay men used to communicate. The Temperamentals is the story of Harry Hay and Rudi Gernreich, who fell in love while forming America’s first gay rights organisation, The Mattachine Society. History is brought to life in this intelligent, sexy and entertaining mix of politics, camp humour and emotional candour

Buy Tickets Online or Phone 1300 13 11 88

Creative Team: Director -  Kevin Jackson; Set Designer – Tom Bannerman; Lighting Designer -  Brenda Hartley; Cast -  Mark Dessaix, Doug Hansell, Ben McIvor, Brett Rogers and Daniel Scott

Performance Times
7 – 19 February: Wed – Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 5pm
22 February – 3 March: Wed – Sat @ 8pm, Sat @ 2pm

Read the Director’s Program Notes here…

All photos © Bob Seary

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August 30th to September 9th, 2006

Presented by Cumulus Productions
Parade Studio, NIDA

‘In a repertory of inventive and unique dramatic experiences Box and Quotations from Chariman Mao Tse-Tung must stand alone as the most ingenious product of Albee’s Imagination. It is a leap into the unexplored. A Platonic “recognition” an experience altogether
new..’(Anne Paulucci) And yet as I reacquainted myself with the text – it was written in 1968! – the fact that I have not ever seen it, despite the Albee authorship, may be testament to it’s daring; it’s experimentation.

Earlier this year I worked on Chekov’s The Seaglll: the young hero, Konstantin, writes a play in search of New Form and is misunderstood and ridiculed by the conventional audience. In the U.S. In 1968 with the Visual Arts (an Albee passion) exploring in Sculpture: Assemblage and Minimalism. Artists like Larry Bell and Don Judd were producing new expressions of Form. Musicians like John Cage and Alvin Lucier were similarly pushing the boundaries. Maybe the politicians of the time (Johnson, Nixon) were also pushing our beliefs and so it was probably only natural for Edward Albee to play with the possibility of a New Form in theatre. Certainly he had pushed his audience with Tiny Alice and confounded them – so why not go further…? Don’t be afraid: you are exploring with the contemporary Master of the American Theatre and if you follow his advice ‘All that you need do is quite simply relax and let the plays happen’ something mesmerizing and profound could take place. We know him famously as a master language-musician and have fallen under his provoking yet stimulating spell since Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance and Three Tall Women, and recently at Company B’s The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? and you may find him in Box and Quotations From Chairman Mao-Tse Tung spellbinding again.

The Company have found the rehearsal daunting, challenging, scary. The major part of the performance can only happen when the audience is present – attentive and willing to participate. It is a wholly exciting inter-active performance-art installation where the famous circle of audience and performer give – and-take (which can only happen in a live performance) is the key to the completion of the piece of art. The audience is engaged in a vivid collaboration. We will offer more questions than answers. Like the recent French film Hidden you could be discussing it well into the rest of the year or just be outraged or bored. We hope it is the former and not either of the latter.

Cast: Box: the voice of Jane Harders. Quotations From Chariman Mao-Tse Tung: Rick Lau: Chairman Mao; Elaine Hudson: Long Winded Lady; Genevieve Mooy: Old Woman; John Grinston: Minister

Kevin Jackson: Director; Matthew Tunchon: Lighting Designer; Kim Scott: Costume Design; Pete Neville: Sound Design; Pearl Tan: Assistant Producer; Pat Kelly: Stage Manager; Marianna Papadakis: Publicity; Photography: Belinda Mason-Lovering


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September 29th to October 29th, 2005
Presented by the New Theatre

Australia in the 23rd century: humanity is blinded by science; there are no countries, only corporations; Shakespeare lies undiscovered deep within the computer archives; and no female poet is ever acknowledged. But in this futuristic world of intellectual terrorism and rigid controls, one young woman fights back. Funny, ironic, thrilling, visionary: THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW celebrates the endurance of the human spirit of creativity. A beautiful play by one of our finest writers at the height of her powers. (by arrangement with RGM Associates)

“striking and compelling … a wonderful play … moving and imaginative … Kevin Jackson has gathered an excellent cast and directs with an expressive, simply physical grammar and utter clarity … Tom Bannerman’s set and Kim Scott’s costumes are delightful and serve the production well.”

- review by Stephen Dunne, SMH. October 1, 2005

Cast: Bard Canning, Les Chantery, Tanya Goldberg, Elaine Hudson, Belinda Sculley, Amber Todd, Lucy Taylor

Crew: Set: Tom Bannerman; Lighting: Michael Schell; Costumes: Kim Scott; Sound: Pete Neville; Asst. Director: Kate Wild

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April 30th to  31 May 31st, 2003

Presented by Cumulus Productions
Old Fitzroy Theatre, 129 Dowling Street  Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

Zoë Houghton: Jane
Elaine Hudson: Frances
Peter Knowles: Mark
Craig Menaud: Srinivas
Production Team
Kevin Jackson: Director
Hamish Peters: Designer
Luiƶ Pampohla: Lighting Designer
Pete Neville: Sound Design*
Pat Kelly: Stage Manager
Faith de Savigné: Sound & Light Operation

More information on the Cumulus site

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