Kristin Jackson is a Philippine-Irish-American choreographer, dancer and teacher born and raised in Manila. She has lived in New York since 1975 and has performed throughout the United States and internationally in dance and theater companies including the New York modern dance company Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians and the Broadway and National companies of The King and I. She began her career as a choreographer after completing her M.F.A. in Dance at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 1985, and founded her company Kristin Jackson Dance in 1990.
For the past 21 years, Ms. Jackson's choreography has been seen nationally and internationally in various performance spaces in New York, Boston and Manila. In 1998, Colden Center for the Performing Arts, NY presented the premiere of Ms. Jackson's In Their Shoes, a multimedia work created in collaboration with Nagasaki composer Keiko Fujiie and inspired by their families' and other Japanese and Filipino families' lesser known but powerful stories of World War II. In November 2002, Ms. Jackson received a Fulbright senior lecture award to teach and choreograph for the University of the Philippines' (UP) Dance Program. Her group work Banwa (community), performed to music of Filipino composer Jonas Baes, and her solo work A Clearing, inspired by her ongoing studies in Japanese Noh theater, premiered in 2003. Additionally, Ms. Jackson was one of three Filipina choreographers profiled in the 2007 book Defiant Daughters Dancing: Three Independent Women Dance by Rina Angela Corpus, a professor at the University of the Philippines. A second book is currently being developed by Professor Corpus, which will focus exclusively on Kristin Jackson’s work. Since her return to NY, Ms. Jackson has continued to develop and present her choreography. In June 2010, her new trio Aeolian premiered at the La Mama Dance Festival.
Along with her ongoing work in the dance field, Ms. Jackson's choreography has also been seen in both film and off-Broadway theater productions. These include the National Asian-American Theater Company's production of The House of Bernarda Alba; the Independent Film Festival entry Rigodon by filmmaker Sari Dalena; and the Ma-Yi Theater Company's Obie-winning production of The Romance of Magno Rubio.
Kristin Jackson Dance has received support since 1990 from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Asian Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts/Arts International, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN Program, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Challenge Program, Meet the Composer in partnership with the Ford Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and the U.S. Dept of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Kristin Jackson has taught at New York University, University of Michigan, Sarah Lawrence, The College at Old Westbury of the State University of New York and The University of the Philippines. She served on the dance faculty at Queens College from 1990-2002 and returned in spring 2010.