The Jackie Smook Program of De-Dumbification
Chicago creative Jackie Smook (American Idol, Chicago Fire, Parade the Musical) makes her 54 Below debut with her charmingly hilarious solo show - featured as a solo act in Chicago Cabaret week, the Chicago Tribune for “8 Things to do around Chicago this weekend”, and currently holds a residency at the famous Davenport's Piano Bar. Smook, along with a gaggle of her own expertly crafted puppets, put on a show that everyone will adore. The Jackie Smook Program of De-Dumb-Ification is a reflection of becoming a woman, through the grueling trials and tribulations of finding internal worth and learning how to not take yourself too seriously. It's more than just a story of growing up - Smook will uncover the secrets of her own de-dumb-ification, so that you too can de-dumb-ify into the high achieving king / queen / quang you were always meant to be! Here at the Annoyance, the team plans to, for lack of better term, f- it up.
Jackie Smook is an actor, singer, comedian, writer and puppet maker. She has written and produced multiple TV shows featuring puppets and focuses much of her time writing new material and shows. Smook has worked on TV shows such as Chicago Fire as a co-star, Marvelous Ms. Mazel, and emerging comedy pilots for Netflix. Smook made her 54 Below Debut earlier this year with The Jackie Smook Program of De-dumbification. In the same weekend, this show was presented to the patrons of United Solo Theater Festival where they were presented with BEST EMERGING ARTIST AWARD at the Spring Gala. Smook was a contestant on the last season of American Idol: Season 6 which aired Feb 19th. She has written many solo shows and holds a residency in Chicago at the Famous Davenport's Piano Bar. Her show has continuously sold out and has been reviewed by multiple magazines. She was even featured in Broadwayworld.com (link above). Currently, Smook acts in multiple commercials and is featured with Doordash with her funtastic puppets. Instagram: @Smookerstition jackiesmook.com
Jackie Smook will be joined by her fabulous pianist, Joseph Chimes. Chimes is a Chicago-based pianist, composer, improviser, and music educator. He has released two albums of solo piano music and has performed at a variety of esteemed venues in Chicago such as Davenport’s Piano Bar, The Hideout, the Montrose Saloon, Cafe Mustache, and the Northman Riverwalk. He is composer-in-residence for Chicago-based dance collective Dollop Dance Theater, and plays with the band Roseloft (whose debut album is set to release in 2023). He also is an accompanist for ballet classes at the Hyde Park School of Dance and gives private music lessons.
Jackson Zinn-Rowthorn Is a writer and spirituality nerd currently working in the behavioral health field. Before moving to Chicago he was a prolific director of student theater at Oberlin College, where his credits include Eurydice, Copenhagen, and Spamalot. He would like to thank Jackie for being a human disco ball of love and light.