Mark Jackson is a playwright, director and performer. 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, The Shotgun Players, Z Space, 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, Magic Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Z Space, The Caramounts (Denver), and The Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.). EXIT Press published Ten Plays, the first collection of Mark's work, in 2010.
Mark has been a resident playwright of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, where he was awarded the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Honorary Fellowship. He is a German Chancellor Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which took him to Berlin, Germany, to work with Mime Centrum Berlin, a practical research center for physical theater. Some other awards and honors include the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, a Magic Theatre / Z Space New Works Initiative commission, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award. Mark's writing has benefited numerous times from the generosity of the Tournesol Project, a granting program for the development of new work. He has been a company member of The Shotgun Players since 2010.
Mark is a graduate of the San Francisco State University Theatre Arts Department. He lives in San Francisco with his talented and beautiful actor/singer gal pal, Beth Wilmurt. Their apartment is rent-controlled, so there they stay.