Renee Matthews Jackson





...and sometimes it takes the bitter ale of life to make my breeze as sweet as jasmine.”  ~Renee Matthews Jackson~

Renee Matthews-Jackson, was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She made her theatrical debut in 1987 in Joseph Walker’s classic, The River Niger at the world famous, Karamu House Performing Arts Theatre.  Ms. Jackson’s credits include: From The Mississippi Delta, Zooman and The Sign, Fires In The Mirror, The Waiting Room, and countless more. 

Renee was in the 2004 – 2005 production of Jar The Floor , at Karamu.  She directed Steal Away by Ramona King in October of 2005, at East Cleveland Theatre,  In February 2006 she was seen in Sorrows and Rejoicings by Athol Fugard at The Brooks Theatre in the Cleveland Play House, an Ensemble Theatre production, and in Jungle Book as a cast member for The Cleveland Play House Youth Production.  Her most recent performances was with an ensemble cast at Karamu house in the World Premiere, A Colored Funeral by Gregory Carr and Ensemble Theatre’s production of Dividing the Estate.

 “A Wife, Mother, and Grandmother that loves every aspect of my life.  The good, not so good, misplaced, confused, enlightened, disparaging, enraptured, incorrigible… every aspect… all rolled into a rubber band ball!

 Praise God for being GOD, for sending his Son to live and die for a crazy person like me, and for making me… Me! My family is superb, and I adore each member, from the one new to the ninety-six year old, and those who have passed over to the other side.  I pray for my enemies.  That they forgive me if it was I who was unjust, and created our conflict. I pray that the adversary is always kept outside of my personal sphere, and my loved-ones.”


Renee, along with Actress and Poet Conni Blair founded  1 + 1 PRODUCTIONS.  Founded in 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio,  1 + 1 PRODUCTIONS continues to educate and entertain audiences of all ages.  Utilizing theatrics, presented in a “Staged Reading” format, performers bring the written word from the page to the stage.  The company highlights the works of African-American literary artists,  vocalists, thespians, dancers…past and present.  With the use of costume pieces, and accessories, many greats are brought to life.  Available for tour year ’round.  They are committed to excellence, and to the entertainment, and education of audiences from every walk of life.  
Renee (aka) Mother Rapper started wrting poetry



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