R. EUGENE JACKSON

About

Playwright; Member Dramatists Guild

R. Eugene Jackson

R. Eugene Jackson was born in Helena, Arkansas, at the  age of zero. In his early years, his family moved many times to keep up with fast-moving pipelines where his father worked. When he was to enter middle school, the family settled in Memphis (Tennessee, not Egypt), and he was there until he graduated with a degree in Speech and Theatre from Memphis State University (even though Memphis is a city and not a state). It’s now called The University of Memphis (a more appropriate name since it is located in Memphis). He received his M.A. in Theatre from Kent State University (Kent is not a state; it’s in the state of Ohio) a year later, then taught and directed plays in high school in Antwerp, Ohio, for a year. Later he married a great woman, taught at Wisconsin State University (Wisconsin is a state so its name is appropriate) at Eau Claire under a one year contract, and served two years as an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University (Darn it! San Francisco is not a state either; it’s in the state of California). Afterward, he and his wife moved to Carbondale, Illinois, where he completed his Ph.D. in Theatre at Southern Illinois University (correctly named for its location in southern Illinois) and she conceived their beautiful son Brandon. Afterward they moved to Mobile, Alabama, where he spent the rest of his teaching career at the University of South Alabama (also aptly named since it rests on the southern coast of Alabama). Jackson started writing and acting early. He wrote humorous essays and developed skits and short plays in elementary, middle, and high schools. He won a few playwriting awards, but Pioneer Drama Service was the first to publish a play of his: Ferdinand and the Dirty Knight. Since then he has been fortunate to have a large number of plays selected for publication by several different publishers (view play list.) Recently he completed three books, two of which are available on Amazon under the pen name www.rachellelainejackson.com. They are intended for middle grade youngsters though others may enjoy them as well. Writing is a very lonely profession, done in the quiet solitude of his home office (It is an official office because it has cabinets filled with paper, playscripts, photos, etc., two computers, and piles of music—he plays the violin and the radio—and notebooks, a dictionary, two thesauruses, and an unused vacuum cleaner on the floor). But for him it is also very rewarding to see others take a script of his and create characters and actions for “his” people and to watch audiences (hopefully) enjoy and be thrilled by these characters. It serves for him the twin purposes of a great leisure activity and an outlet for whatever emotions, ideas, and thoughts may be crammed into his churning brain and demanding release. He also enjoys reading, ballroom dancing, playing the violin, and for a while acting in movies, mostly as an extra.
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Author and Playwright R. Eugene Jackson

Education:

B.S., Memphis State University M.A., Kent State University Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Positions Held: Antwerp, Ohio, High School Instructor of English, Speech, Theatre Play director Wisconsin State University at Eau Claire Instructor of Speech and Theatre Play director San Francisco State University Assistant Professor of Drama Play director University of South Alabama in Mobile Professor, Chairman of Dramatic Arts, retired Play director
R. EUGENE JACKSON
© R. Eugene Jackson.  All Rights Reserved.  Website design by North Mobile Internet Services, Inc.

About

Playwright;

Member

Dramatists Guild

R. Eugene Jackson

R. Eugene Jackson was born in Helena, Arkansas, at the  age of zero. In his early years, his family moved many times to keep up with fast-moving pipelines where his father worked. When he was to enter middle school, the family settled in Memphis (Tennessee, not Egypt), and he was there until he graduated with a degree in Speech and Theatre from Memphis State University (even though Memphis is a city and not a state). It’s now called The University of Memphis (a more appropriate name since it is located in Memphis). He received his M.A. in Theatre from Kent State University (Kent is not a state; it’s in the state of Ohio) a year later, then taught and directed plays in high school in Antwerp, Ohio, for a year. Later he married a great woman, taught at Wisconsin State University (Wisconsin is a state so its name is appropriate) at Eau Claire under a one year contract, and served two years as an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University (Darn it! San Francisco is not a state either; it’s in the state of California). Afterward, he and his wife moved to Carbondale, Illinois, where he completed his Ph.D. in Theatre at Southern Illinois University (correctly named for its location in southern Illinois) and she conceived their beautiful son Brandon. Afterward they moved to Mobile, Alabama, where he spent the rest of his teaching career at the University of South Alabama (also aptly named since it rests on the southern coast of Alabama). Jackson started writing and acting early. He wrote humorous essays and developed skits and short plays in elementary, middle, and high schools. He won a few playwriting awards, but Pioneer Drama Service was the first to publish a play of his: Ferdinand and the Dirty Knight. Since then he has been fortunate to have a large number of plays selected for publication by several different publishers (view play list.) Recently he completed three books, two of which are available on Amazon under the pen name www.rachellelainejackson.com. They are intended for middle grade youngsters though others may enjoy them as well. Writing is a very lonely profession, done in the quiet solitude of his home office (It is an official office because it has cabinets filled with paper, playscripts, photos, etc., two computers, and piles of music—he plays the violin and the radio—and notebooks, a dictionary, two thesauruses, and an unused vacuum cleaner on the floor). But for him it is also very rewarding to see others take a script of his and create characters and actions for “his” people and to watch audiences (hopefully) enjoy and be thrilled by these characters. It serves for him the twin purposes of a great leisure activity and an outlet for whatever emotions, ideas, and thoughts may be crammed into his churning brain and demanding release. He also enjoys reading, ballroom dancing, playing the violin, and for a while acting in movies, mostly as an extra.