Restoring the Spirit of Your Smile

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She Smiles Entertainment (SSE) is a family-oriented business that promotes family-fun productions and events. SSE was founded in Austin, Texas in 2007 by Tawanna I. Jackson, also known as “Ms. Jackson.” She is the writer, director, and producer of the SSE production, Phazes of a Woman's Soul, which is now a three-part series with its first and second installments having debuted in front of sold-out audiences.

Through SSE, Ms. Jackson presents a range of productions catering to all kinds of souls. Many of her productions and personal performances involve singing, dancing, poetry, skits, and plays.

SSE is based on the belief that people’s needs are of the utmost importance. SSE is a collaborative performance group that comes to you. We do so with the hope of expanding and exploring our gifts to entertain you into a smile you once had or introducing you to the one you never had.

Our entire team is committed to meeting your needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. Referrals and letters of recommendation can be provided upon request. Contact us today!

About Ms. Jackson

Ms. Tawanna I. Jackson. (aka Ms. Jackson) is the CEO and founder of She Smiles Entertainment. She was born in Corsicana, Texas. A native Texan, she has been living in Austin since 1994 where she really indulged in her love for acting and her life changed for the better. Her first stop was Mendez Middle School where she began taking theater. Soon, this allowed her to meet the late, great Maya Angelou. She also became a regular after-school leader for the Christian group.


Ms. Jackson has appeared as an extra in several film and television productions and has directed a number of theater productions. She is a writer, director, producer, hostess, poet, and actress, to name a few. You may have seen her in HBO’s The Leftovers and Fox’s Urban Cowboy just to name a couple of her onscreen credits. Recently, she was the leading lady in a JWHill Production entitled
No Ordinary Days.

Most of Ms. Jackson’s work has been behind the scenes. Her ability to write, direct, and produce has been recognized by the parishioners of the Central Texas area. Ms. Jackson teaches acting workshops and has been a part of the Texas Empowerment Academy’s after-school program where she taught theater to students in Grades 2–5. The children performed several pieces of her original work in their winter and spring shows held at the University of Huston Tillotson.

Ms. Jackson has also performed and produced for a number of events, such as:

Ms. Jackson has also performed and produced for a number of events, such as:

  • MHMR – Cultural Diversity Program
  • Evening of Enchantment (Performed)
  • Juneteenth Pageant in Austin, Texas (Co-Produced)
  • Black History Programs for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations
  • Neo Soul – South Flavas Entertainment (Host)
  • Ladies Night – Holy Souljas Inc. (Host)
  • ACC Black History
  • Graduation Parties
  • Weddings
  • Funerals
  • Numerous Churches Throughout Texas
  • Praise N Poetry (in Michigan)

Our Mission

SSE is a body designed to restore faith, mend broken hearts, empower women and men, and recover stolen smiles through conversation, connection, understanding, and release. We entertain the world one smile at a time.

Our Objective

In seasons to come, SSE intends to present the world with plays, cultural diversity programs, and collaborations with nonprofit organizations to bring help, enlightenment, and encouragement to all. SSE will make sure that every event, show, production, and performance is so captivating that someone is motivated to have a change of heart/mind to live, love, and laugh another day.

Ms. Jackson has dreams of mentoring troubled youth by providing them with an alternative way of releasing anger and replacing hate through exercising their own gifts in a positive way. She teaches writing and dance workshops as well as offers acting classes for people of eligible ages. She also offers one-on-one consultations for new writers looking for advice.

SSE has plans to open an event center that hosts a range of events. This venue is geared to expose upcoming design artists, provide a platform for performers to share their gifts, and offer a place for relief for young minority women gifted in performing arts. It will also be a place for after-school programs, summer camps, and seminars that all deal with self-esteem and growth. It can also host cooking classes for young mothers and/or parents. Ms. Jackson desires to use her gifts, talents, and treasures to mend people's hearts.

Ms. Jackson has been teaching theater as part of the after-school program of Texas Empowerment Academy Elementary since September 2016. Since her employment there, her students have performed in front of hundreds, including an encore performance request for the City of Austin’s African American Heritage program back in February 2018. She has helped her students overcome shyness, build their confidence, tap into their creativity, and understand they each have something to offer the stage and an audience.

Some of our signature events are:

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  • “A Sanctified Showdown” – A quarterly event providing an atmosphere of praise, worship, fellowship, and networking
  • “A Night of Conversations” – An event where you could relax, relate, and release through poetry, singing, and sharing in conversations about life experiences
  • “An Evening with the Moms” – A Mother's Day celebration of food, gifts, motherly expressions, singing, dance, “Kat walk” competitions, and spoken word
  • Phazes of a Woman’s Soul Part 1 and 2 – A theatrical play with a third part coming soon
  • Second Sunday: Playing for Keeps – A theatrical play written, directed, and produced by Ms. Jackson based on a book by Tanisha Grayson
  • Better Than He Can – A theatrical play staged in October 2015
  • SSE Holiday Bash
  • Special Occasion Plays/Skits
  • “S/He’s Acting Up” – An acting course for all groups that started in 2011
  • Dance and Writing Workshops

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