This work comes from poet and performer Warren Jackson in response to the theme of "Joy" and Proverbs 3:5-6.
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5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Grounded in Proverbs 3:5-6, with other inspiration by the latter parts of Ephesians 6, TRUST is a reflection of my experience as an artist, and my struggle to wrestle with the reality of a precarious, but promising life, through faith.
Warren Jackson, known lovingly to many simply as, Ren, hails from Indianapolis. This Midwest kid was reared in the Baptist church rooted in the tradition of home-folks from South Carolina and Alabama, and sprinkled with a bit of A.M.E. He grew up in the church with strong examples from his family members who served in several ways. Fostered by an enriching Sunday school experience, coupled with the supportive environment of attending a small primary and secondary school, led to opportunities to publish poems in University publications, a text book, and engage in spoken-word forums.
Since arriving in New York via Chicago, Ren has focused on his theater career, becoming a company member of Brave New World Repertory. He is currently in an original piece at Premiere Stages and will also be seen in a revival of Thornton Wilder’s THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER this winter. He received nominations for his work from the Black Theater of Alliance of Chicago for Best Featured Actor, in Victory Garden’s world premiere of SHOES, and from the regional Emmy board for his ensemble work on Chicago children’s television show, GREEN SCREEN ADVENTURES. He earned his MFA at the University of Arizona.