“It’s showtime!” has been the motto of CB Theater teacher Mr. Michael Jackson’s life. Whether he says it in the many plays he has directed or his daily life, one thing is for sure: he’s made many masterpieces. Needless to say, Mr. Jackson’s life has been quite the play. From being an arts teacher in […]
“It’s showtime!” has been the motto of CB Theater teacher Mr. Michael Jackson’s life. Whether he says it in the many plays he has directed or his daily life, one thing is for sure: he’s made many masterpieces. Needless to say, Mr. Jackson’s life has been quite the play. From being an arts teacher in California to moving to New York to work on Broadway to coming to work at Christian Brothers, his life has had the perils, excitement, and successes of a sold out Broadway production.
Born in Placerville, California, Mr. Jackson was introduced to theater life at just eight years old.
“My parents gave me a choice between soccer, baseball, and theater, and of course I chose theater,” he said.
The theater bug caught both the Jackson children, as Mr. Jackson’s brother presently works with theater companies in San Francisco. After acting throughout high school, Mr. Jackson went to Mira Loma College for his undergraduate degrees and attended Sacramento State for a Master’s Degree in Theater Arts during the ¨Golden Age¨ of their theater department.
“I was lucky enough to attend Sacramento State during the prime of their theater department. While I was there, they had a lot of amazing teachers and students that were passionate [about theater] and helped me learn a lot”
While Mr. Jackson was earning his Master’s degree, he also had a job working with the Sacramento Theater Company traveling to different high schools and helping them with their theater departments and upcoming plays. But he soon realized he wanted to move to New York.
Any theater geek knows that New York is absolutely the place to be to make it in theatre. While living in New York City, Jackson wrote and directed plays and later worked as a scouting agent for a large theatre company. He also auditioned to be in plays and even direct some himself, all while writing his own productions.
“I loved living in New York because there was always so much to do. Especially as someone who loves theater; because of where I was working, I could get tickets to the best plays as often as I wanted — it was so great”
However, as he spent more time in New York, Mr. Jackson began to feel like he was missing something in his life, yet he didn’t know what. After two years of living in New York, Mr. Jackson was invited to be an educator at the Línea Theater Festival held here in California. The festival brings together theater departments from many Northern California high schools so that they can share and show off their acting skills.
This trip to California changed Mr. Jackson’s life. Coming back to his home state made Mr. Jackson realized that he needed to be here, and he also realized that he missed working with and teaching students. So when he arrived back in New York, Mr. Jackson booked a one-way plane ticket to California, ready to see where life would take him.
Fast-forward several years and Mr. Jackson is a full time drama teacher in our theater department, conducting classes and directing our spring and fall plays. When asked his favorite part about his job, he says “it is definitely the kids.¨
“I love that I can teach them about my passion and hopefully pass on some of it to them.”
Mr. Jackson loves working at CB because of the great amount of resources available at Christian Brothers along with the well-mannered and interested students.
“Christian Brothers makes teaching very easy and rewarding. There is no other place I would rather be now than here.”
You can see Mr. Jackson’s fantastic work at our school with the fall play, Peter and the Starcatcher, playing November 15-17 and the 22-24, at 7 PM on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 PM on Sundays.