Michael R. Jackson

Playwrights debut. Michael R. Jackson holds a BFA and MFA in playwriting and Musical Theatre Writing from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. As a songwriter, he has seen his work performed everywhere from Joe’s Pub to NAMT. He wrote book, music, and lyrics for the musical White Girl In Danger. He also wrote lyrics and book for the musical adaptation of the 2007 horror film Teeth with composer and co-bookwriter Anna K. Jacobs. He is an alum of the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, the Ars Nova Uncharted Writers Group, and was a Sundance Theater Institute Composer Fellow. He has received a 2019 Whiting Award, a 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant, a 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, a 2017 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award, a 2016/2017 Dramatist Guild fellowship, and was the 2017 Williamstown Theatre Festival Playwright-In-Residence. He has commissions from Grove Entertainment & Barbara Whitman Productions and LCT3.
Twitter: @thelivingmj Instagram: @thelivingmichaeljackson

(Updated May 2019)


Footnote: Outside the Music Box

Music director Rona Siddiqui and music coordinator Tomoko Akaboshi discuss their integral roles both in bringing ‘A Strange Loop’ to life and opening doors to underrepresented artists.


Interview: Making Thoughts Move

Writer Michael R. Jackson and choreographer Raja Feather Kelly discuss this bold new musical’s development and the movement inspired by the show’s principal character and sextet of black, queer performers who embody and embolden Usher’s frantic, incessant “Thoughts.” (Emily Penick, Musical Theater Fellow)