More About the Author
Uke Jackson (born Stephen DiLauro) is a playwright, novelist, short story writer, producer, blogger, broadcaster and band leader. Follow him on Twitter @UkeJackson
His plays have been produced in different theaters in downtown Manhattan. In addition to the musical "Ukulele Land" his dramatic writing includes "Monster Time"; "The Secret Warhol Rituals"; and "Avenue Z Afternoon" which he adapted for a GM Mark of Excellence television production. His first play written as an adult, "Dristi Magic" a one act, was staged by the McCarter Theater Street Theater unit.
Over the years, he contributed short stories, essays and articles to magazines and newspapers across America, including the Miami Herald Sunday Magazine, NY Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Berkeley Barb, Smithsonian, Travel & Leisure, and others. For many years, his light verse was a frequent feature in the NY Times.
During the 1980s he was a driving force behind several of the Plexus jazz art operas that were presented in Manhattan, Rome, Sardinia, and Dakar.
He also directs and he provides confidential script consulting services.
He founded the NY Uke Fest, as well as the NY Ukulele Ensemble. His popular "Flaming Ukulele Radio Hour" was broadcast on public radio from 2001 thru 2006.
His River Tales project -- a radio storytelling series -- was heard on nearly 200 public radio stations and won a Parents Choice Award, as well as leading to him being named one of the Top 10 recording artists in the country, according to the American Library Association. It is currently available on CD from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and for download through a variety of online outlets.
In addition to his writing, he leads Uke Jackson's Ginseng Roots Band up and down the Lehigh and Delaware River Valleys, playing anywhere from community bandstands to crossroads cafes to cosmopolitan cabarets, from farmers markets to festival main stages.
Further info is always available on his web site www.ukejackson.com