Vale Kevin Jackson

A much-admired acting teacher, actor, director and critic, Jackson’s influence on the theatre sector was significant.

One of Australia’s leading acting teachers, Kevin Jackson, has died after a long illness.

Jackson, whose decades-long career saw him working as an actor, director and theatre critic as well as being one of the most illustrious teachers at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), died last week, on Wednesday 18 January.

Having cut his teeth as an actor in the late 1960s in productions such as The Winslow Boy and The Importance of Being Earnest at the Genesian Theatre, Jackson went on to study acting at NIDA, graduating in 1971.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts