Johnathon L. Jackson is an actor, writer, and director from Cleveland, Ohio. He comes from a very large family as the eldest of seven siblings. He is married to the amazingly beautiful and talented Imani Jackson. He is also a father of six: two by birth, Isaiah and Harlem, and four by the heart, Summernickol, Ari, Cayla and Kaitlin.
Once a track and field state champion, Johnathon fell in love with the arts in high school, being bitten by the theater bug his junior year when doing the musical Dreamgirls in the all-city musical. He graduated from the Cleveland School of the Arts as a Drama Major.
After taking some time off after high school to pursue a performing career, he later went back to college. He attended Baldwin Wallace University but decided not to major in the performing arts at all. He instead opted to take on communication studies because he wanted to learn more about people, how, and why we communicate in order to become a better actor. He trusted himself to get the training necessary while continuing to grow his acting chops by staying active in the theater throughout college. While in college he also played football until a severe concussion ended his time on the team. It showed him very early on how unique everyone's journey will be with no two paths alike. He began to appreciate his. For Johnathon it worked magically as he flourished as an artist, making bold and informed choices on film, television, and the stage in the future.
He later begin to teach various courses back at his old school; such as African American Theater, Acting Technique, the Business of Acting, Audition Technique, and Film Study. As an alumnus who was also a working actor he provided a unique perspective to his teaching for his students that seemed tailor made for them.
Johnathon has also found success as a writer for both film and stage. His film "A Father's Love" is an official selection of the Ladies First Film Festival in Dublin, Ireland and the IndieNight Film Festival in Hollywood, California, founded by Dave Brown. His theatre production "Crying Out For You" has seen great success in Cleveland, Ohio. Another play Johnathon wrote , "The Night In Question " is an official selection of the DC Black Theatre Festival. He is a published playwright and award winning performance poet. He also is a frequent contributor to the website TheBlackJuice.com as a blogger.