Clark Jackson

Teaching Statement:

“My approach to teaching focuses on balancing the application of acting technique with the affirmation of each individual as uniquely equipped to contribute what he or she has to offer in the collaborative creative process. Specific to on-camera acting, I engage students in exercises designed to expand their facial expressiveness, increase their relaxation, and develop layered characterizations. I also do on- camera scene work appropriate to perceived type and against type. Whether doing exercises or working on scenes, I want to create a dialogue with students where their ideas, impulses and “mistakes” lead them to take greater risks and open themselves more deeply to affect and be affected by others. My teaching philosophy also values connecting the artistic process to students’ daily lives through analysis, choice and reflection. In all my work with students, it has been my goal to use acting as a tool for social, intellectual and emotional development. On-camera acting is meant be fun, nuanced and full of discovery!”

Bio:

A graduate of Stanford University and Yale School of Drama, Clark has served thousands of New York City public school students as a teaching artist in the areas of theatre, movement, creative writing and improvisation, in classes ranging from advanced students to the severely emotionally disabled. He has also taught at HB Studio, New York Film Academy, Hunter College, St. Francis College, as a private coach, and as a corporate facilitator working with Fortune 500 professionals using improvisation to increase executive presence, leadership, collaboration and customer service. Clark is the 2019 recipient of the Lloyd Richards Teaching Fellowship by the National Alliance of Acting Teachers. As an actor, Clark has appeared on Broadway and starred in numerous TV series and films, most recently in the upcoming film IRRESISTIBLE written & directed by Jon Stewart with Steve Carell & Chris Cooper, THE CODE on CBS, DESIGNATED SURVIVOR on Netflix with Keifer Sutherland, and the Ryan Murphy series POSE on FX. Clark has also appeared on LUKE CAGE, CONVICTION, ELEMENTARY, MADAM SECRETARY, SHOW ME A HERO, THE BLACKLIST, RESCUE ME, THE GOOD WIFE, GOSSIP GIRL, FRINGE, BLUE BLOODS, LAW & ORDER, LAW & ORDER:SVU and WHITE COLLAR, as well as the films I SMILE BACK, THE ARRANGEMENT, 6 THINGS I NEVER TOLD YOU, HUMDINGER and RAPMATICS. On stage, he has appeared on Broadway in ALL MY SONS with John Lithgow, Katie Holmes, Patrick Wilson and Dianne Wiest, in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF alongside Terrence Howard, Anika Noni Rose, James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad, and in BRONX BOMBERS with Peter Scolari and Christopher Jackson. Clark portrayed Oscar Charleston in Lee Blessing’s COBB, performed at the Lucille Lortel Theatre where it was produced by Kevin Spacey and won a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble. His many other NYC stage credits including LE MENAGE (La MaMa E.T.C.) and CUBA AND THE NIGHT (Theatre for the New City). Regional credits include LOBBY HERO (Studio Theatre) and YELLOWMAN (Berkeley Rep/Pittsburgh Public Theatre). To learn more, please visit www.clarkjacksononline.com.