We hope you enjoy listening to the career story of Jackie van Beek, a versatile and critically acclaimed writer, director, actor and producer.
Jackie developed her craft in the 90s in the Wellington theatre scene, writing, performing and producing a range of shows. In 2005, she created and toured black comedy 'My Brother and I are Porn Stars', which played in Melbourne, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and sold out 2 seasons in London.
More recently, she's moved into the world of films and TV. She's directed a number of award-winning short films both in NZ and overseas. In 2014 she won Best Supporting Actress at the New Zealand Film Awards for her work on vampire mockumentary 'What We Do In The Shadows' . She's created two feature films so far, The Inland Road and The Breaker Upperers. For the latter, she co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred with her friend Madeleine Sami and the film went on to be bought by Netflix.
She's been more of a regular feature on our NZ TV screens in recent years, starring in comedies Funny Girls and Educators. Jackie is also passionate about mentoring young practitioners as they come through the performing arts industry.
"I generally say yes to anything that thrills me or where I think 'oh my gosh, I don't know if I could do that.'"