Staff Spotlight: Jack Holloway
Jack Holloway is one of our many talented and dedicated instructors at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts. He also serves as the Drama Department Chair for Ruth Eckerd Hall! Jack has been acting, directing and teaching in the Tampa Bay Area for over a decade since graduating from the Florida School of the Arts and the University of South Florida.
In a recent interview, Jack shared what led him to teaching at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts:
“I started as a member of Ruth Eckerd Hall’s touring theatre company ETC. We traveled all over the east coast of the United States doing theatre for young audiences. That’s when I started teaching workshops and realized it was what I loved to do.”
Jack is also the Artistic Director for Hat Trick Theatre, our resident theatre company. Read more about Hat Trick Theatre Productions.
“Hat Trick started when a group of students graduated from USF and realized they wanted to keep putting on plays in the area. We loved the people and theatre scene of the Tampa Bay Area, so we started off knowing just barely enough to scrape a play together," said Jack. "Over the years, we have grown into a professional non-profit theatre company. There are so many wonderful companies in the area, but I feel like Hat Trick offers something different. Our focus is on fun and accessibility. You could bring someone who has never seen live theatre and have them leave having had a great time. We want to make theatre fun… and I think we do it very well.”
Jack explained why arts education is so important for our community,
“At its heart, arts education helps us learn about ourselves, each other, communication and helps develop empathy for your fellow man. I think the world could use a whole lot more of that…”