Rikki Jackson - Director of Drama

Rikki joined Dauntsey’s in 2000 and has overall responsibility for the Drama and Dance department.

He overseas both the academic programme for these areas as well as the extensive range of plays and performances which take place in the School throughout the year. In 2014, he organised the School’s highly successful inaugural Summer Festival.

Prior to joining Dauntsey’s, Rikki was Director of Performing Arts at Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand.

More about Rikki…

What do you enjoy most about your subject?

I enjoy the process of working with an ensemble of enthusiastic, talented, but above all, grounded students. I particularly enjoy working with people who are new to the subject and who others might be surprised to see on stage.

What do you enjoy most about life at Dauntsey’s?

Watching so many students involved in such a wide range of different activities. I love the way they come off the games field and then straight into a rehearsal, grabbing all the opportunities open to them.

How do you spend your holidays/time out of School?

Not doing Drama…!

Your favourite place on earth and why?     

My friend's bach (beach hut) at Lake Taupo in New Zealand...it has spectacular views of the volcanoes and is genuinely peaceful.

Alternatively on the touchlines, watching my boys play sport.

If you could have a “superpower”, what would it be and why?

To be able to fly, because I don’t like aeroplanes.

Which book is top of your pile right now?

"Chinaman" by Shehan Karunatilaka – a novel about cricket set in modern day Sri Lanka.

In the press: A closer look at... drama

W hen it comes to drama, Dauntsey’s is unique, not only for the range and quality of our performing arts but also because we keep standards so high while offering opportunities to all our pupils. In this article published in our In Focus Magazine, Rikki Jackson takes a closer look at drama at Dauntsey’s – go to article