Linda Jackson began dance studies at the John Hayes O’Neill Studio of Dance in Rome when she was three years old, and furthered her training at the School of American Ballet in New York City and as a scholarship student of former New York City Ballet principal dancer Melissa Hayden. She made her professional debut with the Baltimore Ballet and subsequently worked with the Eglevsky Ballet.
In 1983, she joined Cleveland Ballet where she danced as a member of the company for 14 years, performing principal and soloist roles with renowned guest artists such as Rudolph Nureyev and Cynthia Gregory. She served as President of American Alliance of Dance Artists from 1990-1997; as the Company’s Artistic Associate/Outreach Coordinator, she trained and coached 45 professional dancers.
Ms. Jackson Linda became the Dance and Audience Development Manager of PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland in 2000. She became Program Manager of the Community Engagement & Education Department in 2007 and was promoted to Assistant Director in 2012. In December 2014, she joined the staff of Cleveland’s MetroHealth System, as its first Director of Arts-in-Medicine. In this capacity, she integrates the visual, performing and therapeutic arts, transforming the environment and experience for the patients, families, caregivers and the greater community.