Sonia Jackson’s performance background is diverse. Starting with stand-up (so that she could put something on her resume), she then added theatre with pieces like The Man Who Came To Dinner at the South Coast Repertory Theatre in Orange, California and The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman v. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae. A sampling of her film and television credits include Jurassic Park 3, Speed, Southland, Criminal Minds, Six Feet Under, Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case, ER and Home Improvement. Sonia has appeared in national commercials and studied with noted improvisation groups such as The Groundlings in Los Angeles and Second City in Santa Monica and classically at the London Shakespeare Studio. Her one-woman show, I’m Gonna Fly, garnered Sonia a Best Actress Nomination at the NAACP Theater Awards in 1987. Sonia also wrote and self-published the book Eeeeaaassy Party Planning. Conversations ‘Bout the Girls, is her first piece as a playwright.
The Man Who Came to Dinner
"Sonia Jackson has a great, cackling-mad exit to crown her comic endurance as Hobson's (Whiteside) much abused nurse."
Thomas O'Connor - The Orange County Register
"Sonia Jackson's long-suffering nurse Preen is triumphantly vindicated by her final defiant outburst."
Sylvie Drake - LA Times
"Sonia Jackson as Miss Preen, the much abused black nurse, in a minor role which originally seems thankless, gradually builds a solid characterization, both comic and resilient, culminating in a memorable speech in which she finally tells Whiteside off."
Robert & Katharine Morsberger - Claremont Courier
"Sonia Jackson as Whiteside's nurse (is) suitably flushed, flustered and flummoxed."
Cheryl Walker - Diversions
"Sonia Jackson brings some nice touches to the role of much-put-upon nurse Miss Preen."
T.E. Foreman - The Press Enterprise
"Sonia Jackson garners some wonderful laughs as Miss Preen, Whiteside's nurse."
Newport News Weekly
"The solid supporting cast also includes Sonia Jackson's no-nonsense nurse."
Tom Titus - Orange Coast Daily Pilot
"...It's worth just going to see the way Sonia Jackson can scrunch up her face."
Sherri Senders - LA Weekly
Inner City Cultural Center's 6th Annual Ira Aldridge Acting Competition
"Actress Sonia Jackson of Los Angeles took first place honors in the adult women's division for her monologue. Jackson's characters seemingly out-of-character that she had better sex through channeling drew loud laughter and vigorous applause."
Torri Carreon - The Hollywood Reporter