Marsha A. Jackson began her study of theatre at Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she earned numerous academic awards, including Outstanding Drama Student. She continued her theatrical training at Smith College, where she was an honors graduate in theatre. Jackson studied under several teachers in her professional training as a performing artist, including Tina Packer at the London Academy of the Dramatic Arts. She credits her playwriting development to her mentor Sonia Sanchez.
Marsha Jackson's talent is multifaceted, with acting and directing included in her list of theatre work. Her Broadway acting debut took place in the 1988 production of Checkmates, where she played opposite Denzel Washington. She was a cofounder of Jomandi Productions in Atlanta, which was Georgia's oldest and largest black professional theatre company. Under Jomandi's banner, Jackson has written plays, directed her own work and the work of others, and performed in numerous productions. Jackson has also taught at Spelman College in Atlanta.
Marsha Jackson's plays are noted for portraying a wide range of female experience and for exemplifying a strong political consciousness without veering off into didacticism. Jackson's most successful play, Sisters, is a humorous and poignant tale of two very different women stranded on New Year's Eve in an Atlanta office building during a freak blizzard. Olivia, the stylish business woman who was her nouveau riche parents' "little princess," has been pampered and sheltered all her life. Cassie, on the other hand, is the tough survivor;