From Festivals, Conferences and Institutes
"For the past ten seasons, Jackson Gillman has been an important facet
of our Children's Theatre Program. We have been immensely impressed not
just by the quality of his work, but with the skillful blend of storytelling,
mime, sign language, and original script development that has made Jackson
a unique and important part of this State's theatrical community. He has
an unusually warm rapport with all audiences, of any age, and has the
flexibility to tailor his connection to each individual audience. His
performances are intimate celebrations presented in an entertaining, humorous,
and thought-provoking manner. Jackson is one of the most dedicated and
honorable performers I have ever met."
Kenneth Stack, Artistic Director
Hubbards, Nova Scotia
"Jackson, you are a true entertainer. You are so exceptionally gifted
and multi-talented, not just in storytelling and song, we feel that your
contribution to the festival gave young and old alike a creative variety
of entertainment that could only be found on the stages of major festivals
around the world."
Terry J. Harnish, Festival Director
Fredericton, New Brunswick
"I have been hearing nothing but rave reviews about your performance at
our Saturday night gala. Having had occasion to watch several of your
performances, I was blown away by your talent and versatility. What struck
me was that every one of those shows was completely different than every
other one, but still, every one was wonderful.
"You were an absolute hit, my friend. At our committee's post-festival
meeting, the talk was hot about bringing you back next year. In fact,
it looks like we are going to make an exception to our own rule of not
inviting the same storytellers two years in a row. If ever there was cause
for an exception, you certainly are it. We couldn't have asked for more.
Duncan Matheson, Publicity Chair
"My deep thanks to you for being such a wonderful host for the Friday
night "Tingling Tales." Much of the audience was brand new to storytelling,
and your warmth when introducing each teller was the key to the spirit
of the evening. The energy of your own stories is marvelous! People are
still writing or coming up to me on the street and commenting on how much
fun it was to watch you perform. My thanks for all your wit, your generous
spirit, and support. It was a genuine pleasure working with you."
St. Louis, Missouri
"Jackson is a consummate artist, displaying his joyous, bombastic,
lovable side along with his sensitive, caring side. At one moment he can
have you laughing about the human condition; at the next moment, you are
seriously contemplating ecology and our role in the future. One may find
many deserving, qualified performers, but one could never err in selecting
Jackson Gillman. He's incredible!"
Three Apples Storytelling
"As the President of the Three Apples Storytelling Festival I have
seen Jackson Gillman on many different stages from the Sunday school family
performance to a featured performance at the adult comedy evening and
in each performance Jackson wove a magical moment for all. There is great
inspiration, creative genius and down right ridiculous, knee slapping
humor all wrapped up in a wiry, Vaudevillian artist. He's always connected
to his audience and brings appropriate material to all of his performances.
Because of his artistry, dependability and professionalism he is seen
as one of the regulars at our oldest and largest New England Festival."
"Not only were you a pleasure to work with, flexible, communicative,
and efficient, in addition, festival goers loved your work! In a survey
that we tallied soon after the dust cleared it was your name that came
up again and again as people's favorite teller, host, and comedian."
Stone Soup Storytelling
Woodruff, South Carolina
"You won your audience's rapt attention in every forum presented.
Each of your school audiences in the primary, elementary and middle school
grades was mesmerized. Your workshop was extremely well received. Your
professionalism and preparedness was evident in every piece you did. However,
your gift for innovation was also apparent. You are clever without being
slick. The warmth you project is evident in the willingness of your audience
to volunteer to participate whenever you need assistance... Your use of
music throughout various sketches was wonderful... The grace in your movements
certainly demonstrates your prior training. Whether of not you are using
sign language, each gesture perfectly accompanies your story. It was amazing
to see you transform from character to character... I also want to thank
you for your spirit of kindness and cooperation throughout the festival.
Your graciousness is a gift."
Lisa Hyman Lane
The Jackson Storyfest
"Jackson is like a rare gem when it comes to his performances. His
energy and dedication for exceeds the normal expectations of a festival
presenter. His performance was impeccable. His zany humor, intermingled
with his stories, mime, song and dance provided a delightful, fun filled
and warm-hearted evening of entertainment for the mixed audience of adults
and children in attendance."
Judee M. Royster
" Mr. Gillman, together with Donald Davis and the Folktellers, was
a workshop leader for the International Storytelling Institutes hosted
each year at the campus of East Tennessee State University. With his movement
exercises, vocal warm-ups, and unique presentation style, Jackson provided
a delightful treat for the forty-five students who took his four-day institute.
His intense style coupled with his sense of play make him a dynamic performer.
His experiences shared with the class were invaluable." Flora
"What a smashing success you were at my two summer storytelling institutes.
Everyone loved your performances and truly treasured your well directed
workshop. You paved the way for a thoroughly successful and enriching
Keene State College
"Thank you for your thoughtful, entertaining and very successful
keynote address "Through Their Eyes" at the New England Conference on
Storytelling for Children. You were able to relate some very important
information about children and adult perspectives, weaving stories throughout.
It was a wonderful balance that truly captivated the audience. I think
it especially significant that there was not one negative comment about
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