Energy, wit, music, and wisdom are the stock in trade of Jackson Gillman, a.k.a. The Stand-Up Chameleon.

With performances for groups large or small, of all age ranges, Jackson incorporates song, story, comedy, dance, mime and sign language into his own intimate style of theatre. Being in the business of speaking and performing since 1978 has given Jackson an enormous amount of material from which to draw as he customizes an engaging program for any event.

Jackson believes that humor can enliven and enlighten any group, meeting, or gathering, and his is based on a foundation of beneficence, hope, and a belief in the enduring power of the human spirit.

Whether for a professional group meeting or school assembly, nightclub audience or small group, Jackson's performances are always delightful, magical, inspiring, spellbinding, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Talk to Jackson, and together you can develop a performance program that will be perfect for your next conference, meeting, banquet, or special event.

I have performed participatory songs, comedy and stories at New Years Eve celebrations every year since 1981. Cities have included: Albany, Boston, Casco, Chatham, Hartford, Houlton, Mystic, New Bedford, Newburyport, New Haven, Orange, Portland, Portsmouth, Providence, Quincy, Sandwich, Sharon, Sturbridge, Westerly, and Worcester. That is 20 cities over many more years indicating that several have re-hired me over the decades. Perhaps my best sales pitch is that the majority of work over my career comes from repeat booking.

Current, ongoing engagements

  • School assembly programming through Hartford Performs which has a very rigorous vetting process ensuring program quality and alignment with Common Core Learning Standards. Seven of my programs have been accepted which is the most that any individual has with them. I have worked in a dozen of their schools and all that have had me in the past have invited me to return.
  • Whales, Tales & Sails - a weekly family program every Friday morning at New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park
  • Annual Rudyard-in-Residence at Kipling’s historic Vermont home every spring since 2000
  • Springboards for Stories - a long weekend workshop, annually in Brattleboro VT
  • Teaching Wide World of Story, a January-long course at Colby College
  • Performance coach for many other professional performers

Career highlights include:

  • Best Educational Show Award for The Magic of Rudyard Kipling: “Just So” at the Off-Broadway 2014 United Solo Theater Festival
  • Multiple returns to the National Storytelling Festival, and Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center
  • Featured at other festivals in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and Vermont.
  • Winning many story slams that have brought me to MassMouth’s Big MouthOff finale
  • Maritime Festivals including the Mystic Sea Music Festival during which I had about 3+ hours of stage time and had no need to repeat material.
  • Hosted a weekly Comedy/New Vaudeville series in Bar Harbor for a decade, along with weekly family shows at Acadia Repertory Theatre
  • Performing in children’s hospitals throughout the country under the auspices of
  • Performing alongside a traveling Big Bugs Sculpture exhibit
  • Performing for non-English speaking children in Slovenia (mostly mime)
  • Speaking parts in several movies, animation, radio and television commercials
  • Lead theatrical roles in Amadeus, Lovers and other Strangers (director), and Children of a Lesser God (voted Best Theater of 1987 by Maine Sunday Telegram)

Conference keynotes, and workshop presentations for:

  • North American Environmental Education Alliance
  • National Conservation Training Center
  • National and regional storytelling conferences
  • Sustainable Living conferences, summits and festivals
  • International Conference on Children and Bereavement
  • New England Institute of Addiction Studies
  • New England Conference on Children’s Literature
  • New England Library Association and individual state conferences
  • Early Childhood and Very Special Arts conferences
  • The Children’s Music Network; The People’s Music Network
  • The New England Fathering Conference
  • Birth, Breastfeeding and Beyond Conference

Corporate/banquet/miscellaneous engagements for:

  • Maine Council of Churches, individual synagogues and churches
  • Independent Computer Consultants Association; EMC Software
  • Propane Gas Association of New England; Maine Oil Dealers
  • AAA; Maine Auto Dealers Association; Corvette rally
  • Maine Resource Recovery Association
  • Speech/Language/Hearing Association
  • Juvenile detention centers and prisons
  • Annual Halloween shows onboard the USS Constitution for the USO
  • Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism; American Red Cross; March of Dimes
  • Maine Farm Bureau; NOFA; MOFGA; New England (& other states) Flower Show
  • Wild Blueberry Association of North America; Cape Cod Cranberry Festival
  • Massachusetts General, Maine Medical Center and many other hospitals
  • Maine Health Department; Childrens Disability Services
  • Women-Infant-Children Nutrition Program
  • Emcee for many different events

And my best gig ever! -- supporting role in the fathering of Jillian Estelle (2000) and Avery Elazar (2003)