Our Senior Spotlight for this month is Jackson Green!
Jackson is not only heavily involved in theatre but also wears many other hats. In this year alone Green has performed as Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, was the set designer for Lonely Planet, and created the sound design for A View from The Bridge. On top of this, he is also part of the SAU swim team and works for CRST, a trucking company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
How would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as one cool cat.
What was your favorite acting role or technical position at St. Ambrose and why?
My favorite role at St. Ambrose was Lloyd the director in Noises Off because I have always really enjoyed that play.
My favorite technical position was being the lighting designer for Jerry Finnegan's Sister, because I really enjoyed the process working on that show, and was very proud of the final product.
What is your dream role or position?
My dream role is Hamlet, because that is my favorite show of all time, and I greatly enjoy the internal struggle that Hamlet goes through during the show.
A View from the Bridge closed out in the Studio recently, and you were the sound designer for the show. What was it like to get music for a period piece such as that?
The sound design for A View from the Bridge was a unique challenge because of the director's concept, but it was a lot of fun, and I am very happy with the final product.
Senior Jackson Green
Double-major in Theatre and Computer Science with minors in Art History and Classical Studies
We've also seen you onstage earlier this year in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and will be seeing you soon in Cabaret. Do you have a preference when it comes to acting vs design/tech? Do you want to pursue one professionally over the other?
I like both acting and tech work, although I think it is easier to get into tech work professionally, and I intend to continue both after I graduate.
You also are on the swim team here outside of doing theatre. How does that affect your theatre experience, and does it have some bearing on your future?
The main effect that swimming had on theatre this year was time. It was a limiting factor in what I could do, and I do plan to continue swimming as regular exercise after I graduate.
What are some of your favorite memories from your time at St. Ambrose?
I have so many favorite memories from St. Ambrose, but a few of them would be meeting all of the friends that I have made over 5 years and the shows that I was in, especially Noises Off, and Commedia Dell'Arte. I also remember fondly the time spent with my friends on spring break last year, all the different Theatre Thanksgivings, and light night rehearsals.
Is there any advice you'd like to share?
And if I had any advice, I would say that a fifth year was great, but don't stick around for it, get your degree on time!
Thank you, Jackson, for your time, and all your help on and off stage for these shows in these past five years. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, and hope you can put all those hats to use! If you'd like to see Jackson onstage, he will be performing in Cabaret later this semester as Bobby, one of the Kit Kat Club dancers.