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Amber Jackson (2009)

Graduate Student Postmodern Scene with Undergraduate ActorsBefore coming to Baylor, Amber received her undergraduate training in Theatre Arts and Religious Studies at Gardner-Webb University, and in the years following gained experience as a director, choreographer, stage manager, and theatre education teacher in Timmins, Ontario and Charlotte, North Carolina. She also ran a dance studio in North Carolina.

Amber's goal was always to work professionally as a director. During her final year in the MFA program, Amber co-founded  Rite of Passage Theatre Company in Dallas and directed its first production at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. The company is now in its third season under the direction of Amber’s fellow partner in crime, Clay Wheeler.

After graduating with her MFA, Amber took a position with WILL Interactive as a director and production manager for a live show about suicide prevention in Fort Hood, Texas. She was soon offered a position at the company office in Washington DC, where she now works full time as a screenwriter and director, collaborating with clients such as the US Army, The Department of Health and Human Services, and Fannie Mae.

While her “day job” has shifted a great deal of her time to film, Amber stays active in the DC theatre community. She is a company member at the Helen Hayes Award-Winning Constellation Theatre Company, where she has worked on numerous productions as a choreographer and assistant director. She has also stayed actively involved with the development of new works, directing shows for Inkwell Theatre, The Source Festival, and Rorschach Theatre’s Klecksography.

Amber's thesis project was Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl.

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