Almost two months ago, actress Jacklyn Maddux met a challenge to write for five days about her acting career. She posted five segments on her Facebook starting with her early career in NYC and to present time in Portland.  Dmae talks to Jacklyn about her experience taking this challenge and we’ll hear Jacklyn perform her  passages LIVE! We’ll hear  each her entries of all five days. Get an inside view of an actor’s life from the beginning stages to her growth into a seasoned veteran.

Featured music is by Gillicuddy at

(Aired 11am Tues 7/28/15 on KBOO 90.7FM and

Jacklyn Maddux in "A Noble Failure" by Susan Mach
Jacklyn Maddux in “A Noble Failure” by Susan Mach

Jacklyn Maddux has been a professional actress for the past forty years. She has appeared Off Broadway and regionally (Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre, New York Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, Kennedy Center, Thirteenth Street Theatre, etc.) She is an Artistic Member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC). In Portland, Jacklyn has appeared at Third Rail Repertory Theatre (The Lying Kind, Kiss Me Like You Mean It, The Pain and The Itch, A Bright New Boise, A Noble Failure, That Hopey Changey Thing, Sweet and Sad), Profile Theatre in The Carpetbagger’s Children and The Tripping Point and One Flea Spare for Shaking The Tree Theatre. For Corrib Theatre she played the role of Anta in The Hen Night Epiphany. She appeared as Thelma in CoHo Theatre’s ‘night, Mother and most recently as Violet Veneble in Suddenly Last Summer at Shaking The Tree.

Jacklyn Maddux & Matthew Kerrigan in "A Flea Spare" at Shaking The Tree Theatre
Jacklyn Maddux & Matthew Kerrigan in “A Flea Spare” at Shaking The Tree Theatre

Jacklyn is also a playwright. Her STRANGE SIGHTINGS IN THE GREAT SOUTHWEST was given a reading at Second Stage (New York City) and was produced by Foothill Theatre Company (Nevada City, CA) in May, 2006. She was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in Drama (2008-2009) for STRANGE SIGHTINGS IN THE GREAT SOUTHWEST. Her one act, WOMAN FLOATING OUT A WINDOW, was produced by the Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC).   Her play, THE LAST SPEECH TEACHER was chosen for the Reading Series at The Northeast Theatre (Scranton, PA). FARM STORY was produced as a staged reading for Fertile Ground, Portland, Orgeon. She wrote for the Artist Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR) Spotlight One on One program. She recently wrote the role of Jack, Kenneth Mars’ corgi, for Susannah Mars’ Good Grief.

Jacklyn Maddux and Dana Milican in "Night, Mother"
Jacklyn Maddux and Dana Milican in “‘night, Mother”

Jacklyn is a Certified Alexander Technique teacher (ATI) and has taught voice, speech and Alexander Technique at the Neighborhood Playhouse (NYC) and the North Carolina School of The Arts (Gerald Freedman, Dean). She is a member of Actors’ Equity and the Dramatists Guild.

Excerpt for the Day 4 entry:

“The show opens and the critics love one of the actresses I’m understudying. A couple of days after opening, although I forget the exact timing on this probably due to trauma, I get a call one morning telling me the actress who had just received wonderful reviews is having terrible back problems so I’m on and I need to come for a rehearsal. Okay. Fine. WHAT?????

I go for my one rehearsal and the cast and stage manager guide me through the blocking. Very different viewing something from the outside and actually being up there, onstage. Kind of a kinesthetic earthquake. The set was a cut away Victorian house. Show time comes and I am on the second floor, in bed. The audience enters. My thoughts: “What are you doing?” “Why would anyone put themselves through this?” “I have never been so terrified and it’s my own fault.” “Is it too late to become a veterinarian?” “You’re no good in math so forget that.” “Okay, a dog walker. I know how to do that. Ask Alice.” “All right. No way out of this so just try to relax, go over things in your mind, it’s kind of dark up here, soothing. Okay, okay, it’s going to be all right.” But I did my job and most importantly, I lived. I sang my one song and nothing went wrong. Afterwards, I thought that was that. But no. The fates would have it that I do it all over again, enough times that finally it was like putting on a soft old tee shirt. I begged casting to come see me but they said oh they knew I could do that role but what about that other role, the crazy girl? Eventually the actress came back into the show. Things settled down. Then I get the second call. I’m to step in for the other role, the crazy girl. This was not nearly as frightening. I knew what to expect but it never quite became an old tee shirt. Casting did come see me do it and after the run I went on to other jobs, never understudying again. Can’t say I miss it but it taught me a lot about being present, trusting myself and realizing I didn’t really want to be a veterinarian after all.”


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