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Founder; Executive Producer

Jackie founded Circuit Playhouse in 1969 – a non-traditional theatre company producing original plays and experimental work – and Playhouse on the Square in 1975 – a resident professional theatre company affiliated with ArtsMemphis, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the Tennessee Theatre Association, and the Theatre Communications Group. He is also the founder and Executive Producer of The Downtown Dream Machine, currently operating as TheatreWorks – an alternative theatre space for emerging artists and arts groups. Jackie is past president of the Tennessee Theatre Association and has received the State of Tennessee Distinguished Achievement Award in Theatre (1981), The Memphis Theatre Awards Distinguished Service Award in Theatre (1985), and the Gordon Holl Outstanding Arts Administrator Award for the State of Tennessee (1993).