February 17, 2022

Broadway’s Christopher Jackson to Speak at West Chester University on March 19Chris Jackson

Christopher Jackson of Broadway’s Hamilton will speak at West Chester University as part of the President’s Speaker Series on Saturday, March 19, at 8 p.m. in the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building, 700 S. High Street, West Chester. Information at https://wcupatix.com/president-s-speaker-serieswww.wcupatix.com, or by calling 610.436.2266.

Jackson is the first speaker as part of this series since COVID-19 paused productions in March of 2020.

Jackson shares his remarkable journey from a small town in Illinois to performing for a constantly packed house on Broadway. He reveals lessons he’s learned throughout his career and the mentors, mantras, and moments that made a difference, as well as shares behind-the-scenes information from Broadway’s Hamilton.  

Chris JacksonChristopher Jackson is an American actor, singer, musician, and composer. He drew critical acclaim in several projects with Lin-Manuel Miranda: originating the roles of Benny in In the Heights and George Washington in the smash hit Hamilton. For the latter, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He also collaborated with Miranda on the Disney film Moana in which he provides the singing voice of Chief Tui. Jackson currently stars as Chunk Palmer in the main cast of the CBS television drama Bull. His other television work includes the recurring role of Perry Loftus in the HBO prison drama Oz and as Herbert Wexley in the new Sex and the City re-boot And Just Like That.

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask which covers their nose and mouth when indoors. Face masks may be worn when outdoors, but it is not an obligation of this policy notice. Mask and COVID-19 safety measures at West Chester University will continue to be updated here. Please check ahead for updated information before attending your performance.

Two family-friendly performances precede Jackson’s speaking engagement as part of the WCU Live! Performing Arts Series. On Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m., Johnny Peers & The Muttville Comix leads a cast of rescue dogs through challenging and hilarious tricks. Saturday, March 12 at 4 p.m. welcomes back Artrageous, a one-of-a-kind show that combines art and music and described as “Blue Man Group meets Picasso.”

Enrolling more than 17,000 students, West Chester University is the largest member of the 14-institution Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and is currently celebrating its 150th Anniversary year (www.wcupa.edu/wcu150/). Founded in 1871, the University is a comprehensive public institution, offering a diverse range of more than 200 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, Philadelphia, and online. Six colleges and two schools comprise the University: University College, Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the Wells School of Music, and the Graduate School.

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