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My name is Jackson Dean. I am a rising senior at Palm Valley School, in Rancho Mirage, California (think, Palm Springs). My life is full of singing, acting, dancing, and musical theatre as a whole. I became interested in acting and theatre in middle school, 6th grade to be exact, when I was offered a small role in the middle school production. From that point on, I was hooked on all things theatre, especially Broadway-esque theatre. Looking more on the classical side, I did not truly embrace and fall in love with Shakespeare until high school. In the 9th grade, my English class read Romeo and Juliet and I was, again, hooked. All things Shakespeare captured my attention and I was truly awestruck by the creativity of each of Shakespeare’s plays. Another factor that really got me hooked on Shakespeare was taking part in the National Shakespeare Monologue Competition, run by the English Speaking Union. Competing every year gave me an opportunity to dive deep and explore an array of monologues and characters. Although I will always have that classical side in me as an actor, my real dream and aspiration is to be in a musical on Broadway or any stage that would have me.