Local Playwright continues to excel

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Local playwright and Dramatist Owen Jackson has added another accolade to his name, having recently earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Creative Arts from the University of West Indies Cave Hill Campus.
Jackson, who is also a graduate from the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica, received his degree, with distinction, on October 20 during a commencement ceremony that was held in Barbados.
During an interview with our newsroom yesterday, the educator said he was extremely pleased with his latest achievement.
“I am very proud of myself, it is added knowledge that I have received. It was a programme that normally takes 18-months and I completed it in one school year [9 months]. It was challenging, I stood up and faced the challenges head-on and I am the only one to receive a distinction in that area,” Jackson said.
Jackson is currently employed as the Drama Coordinator in the Department of Culture, he works along with secondary school students and has written and directed several plays for various cultural programmes and events in Antigua and Barbuda. He is also the talent behind the many plays that have become a main staple during the annual Police week of activities featuring members of the Police Drama Group.
Jackson said that he will be using his latest achievement to further enhance his work in the field of drama with a special focus on men and women in communities across Antigua.
“One of the biggest programmes is to establish small drama groups in each parish, eventually this will lead to the hosting of drama festivals in each parish. Presently, we have the National Secondary School Drama Festival, which is a brainchild of mine, with the help of Events Director Gilbert Laudat and the staff at the Culture Department. So, I feel it is important for us to, not only to focus on youth but the regular man in the community,” Jackson said.

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