Adrian Jackson is the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Cardboard Citizens. Adrian founded Cardboard Citizens in 1991 and since then he has directed over 30 productions for the company, devising or adapting many of them, including Pericles and Timon (with RSC) The Beggar’s Opera (with ENO),The Lower Depths (with London Bubble) and Mincemeat (winner of Evening Standard award). He directed his own play, A Few Man Fridays at Riverside Studios in 2012, and Kate Tempest’s Glasshouse in 2013. In 2013 he wrote and directed an intervention in Elmgreen/Dragset’s installation Tomorrow at the V & A. He recently directed Cardboard Citizens’ touring production Cathy. Adrian also teaches the Theatre of the Oppressed methodology all over the world.
Here Adrian shares his top tips for aspiring artists…
1) Listen to other people, but make your own mind up.
2) Do it because you want to, not because of anything else you think may come of it (because mostly nothing will).
3) Look at or listen to or read or attend the work of artists you admire, as often as you can.
4) The word career suggests an out of control gallop – but your trajectory doesn’t have to be like that.
5) Try to avoid ever being pompous enough to offer five top tips for aspiring artists, for sure they know better than you do.