Postcard Profile Caroline Russell-King continues her “Postcard” series with a profile of actor/singer/composer/poet/producer Tom Jackson (with a nod to Bernard Pivot and James Lipton).

What is the next project for you? 

I have 16 stops coming up for the tour of Huron Carole. I am working with Making Treaty 7 and I have another project in development with the Philharmonic in the fall 2021. I’m working on a musical called Sweet Grass …

How do you contribute to these pieces? 

I’m a collaborator, producer and volunteer.

What is your greatest creative challenge?

Staying disciplined with the things I need to keep in front of me. Some people make new year’s resolutions every year, I started making them every month, then week. Now I audit myself and I say “what can I accomplish in ½ day?” this is the biggest challenge.

What turns you on creatively?

Working with others.

What turns you off creatively? 

Showing people work that is not complete and getting honest opinions!

What’s one thing you’re really good at? 


If you could resurrect and share a drink with a dead person who would it be?

Dracula (laughs) and I could have a drink of something red— clamato juice with a couple of olives, and something that looks like water.

What is one thing you wish you’d know sooner? 

That it was going to take three times to get marriage right.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

I’d like to be a professor or educator on the subject of self-health.

What would you do with extreme wealth? 

Do what I’m doing… help others, make a creative place that would be accessible, help others grow. Create a foundation.

What is one piece of advice you would give to the person who wants to do what you do? 

I would most likely say you have to learn the value of the gift

(Photo of Tom Jackson courtesy Rafal Wegiel.)

Caroline Russell-King is a playwright, dramaturg, and instructor. She is a member of The Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Dramatist Guild of America and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. You can find her work here at