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Laura Jackson

Laura Jackson is a writer and performer with a passion for strong female roles and narratives.

As a playwright Laura’s work speaks to women’s experiences in the modern world, exploring topics like street harassment, domestic violence, online privacy and fertility.

Laura is a graduate of the prestigious three year BFA Acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) – class of 2018. Laura also has a BCA Performance, an MFA Creative Writing and a Dip Ed from the University of Wollongong.

Laura wrote and performed her one-woman play Handle It which has had seven seasons, touring the fringe circuit, and a UN Women charity performance. Her two-hander The Culture has had a Sydney Fringe season and performances as part of International Women’s Day events and has planned performances for 2022 and 2023 in NYC, New Zealand and Australia. During her time at NIDA Laura wrote and presented a reading of a new work Come On Baby, and is currently developing a new play called Speak Now exploring the same-sex marriage debate in Australia in 2017.

Laura collaborated with an illustrator to write Your Forever, a self published children’s book, and has several more in development, called Let Me Help and Out of the Nest. She is also polishing her first novel Keeping Score, booked in with an editor in January of 2022. Laura has recently completed the one year Australian Writers’ Centre Novel Writing course for the second time.

Laura is passionate about developing the skills of artists at all stages of their career. A trained musical theatre singer, Laura founded and directed a musical theatre company and created and directed cabaret performances. She brought in industry professionals such as American composer John Bucchino to run masterclasses and in the process, fostered local talent towards bigger and brighter careers.

During her time at NIDA Laura played leading roles, including Lucia (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Lady Fidget (The Country Wife), Willow (The Colbie Sisters of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania) and Grusha (Caucasian Chalk Circle). Laura had the opportunity to work with a range of industry tutors including: Simon Bourke, Phillip Quast, Les Chantery, John Bell, Nigel Ubrihien, Caroline Kasper, Bethany Caputo, Chris King, Jennifer Peers, Robert Bertram, John Bucchino, Linda Nicholls-Gidley, Jennifer White, John Bashford, Katerina Moraitis, Andrew Ross, Gavin Robins and Kristine Landon-Smith.