Khary Jackson

Curriculum Manager – Theater Experiences

Contact Khary:

Khary Jackson is a writer, dancer, musician and youth worker. Originally from Detroit, he has worked in the Twin Cities since 2004. He has written a dozen plays, along with one screenplay, and released his first poetry book (2013). He’s currently working on a superhero fiction series, and conceptualizing a hip-hop/blues band project. Khary is excited to work with Project Success to inspire young people to seek the dreams they desire most.

Favorite musicians:

Sezen Aksu, Nina Simone, Yo-Yo Ma

If you had to pick a theme song that would play every time you entered the room, what would it be?

Portrait of Tracy by Jaco Pastorius

Favorite books:

Wild Seed by Octavia Butler, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Favorite movies:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, In America, Amadeus

Favorite food:


Favorite quote:

“Seek not to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.”

–Matsuo Basho

Favorite subjects in school:

Creative writing/dance

Favorite theater experience:

Seeing a staged reading of a short play I wrote, with the actors so invested it felt like a professional production (after only 30 min of rehearsal) 😀

Your ultimate vacation destination:

I’ve never been to a hot spring.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation. Visiting my family/friends would be so inexpensive…

The most influential person in your life/favorite teacher or mentor:

Dr. Skoog, choir instructor from college

What you wanted to be when you grew up:

A famous actor, a professional wrestler, and a magician. (So the same thing, maybe?)