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Helen Jaksch

Professor of Practice- Theatre Arts


D.F.A., Yale School of Drama

M.A., New York University

B.A., Tulane University


  • College of Music and Media
  • Theatre


Dr. Helen Jaksch (she/they) is a dramaturg, director, performer, and educator born and raised in El Paso, TX. Helen recently earned her D.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama in 2021. Her dissertation, “Real Live Kids! Real Live Theatre!: Youth-Centered Theatre in America, 1980s-Present,” investigates theatre companies and programs that center youth voice and leadership in the theatre-making process. Additional writings on theatre and performance can be found in TDR, Theater magazine, The NOLA Defender, and Performing Fiction.

Their recent projects include: Voice Actor for Houdini and Margery (Snake’s Paw, upcoming), Creative Director for Theatre For One (Loyola University, Fall 2020), Dramaturg for Dave Osmundsen’s Dummy Class (Kennedy Center, Summer 2020), Dramaturg for Magnum Opus (Transitory Theatre, Spring 2020), Director for Native Gardens (Southern Rep Theatre, Fall 2019), and Producer/Sound Designer for Knuffle Bunny (Southern Rep Theatre, Summer 2019).

Helen’s research and artistic interests include youth-centered theatre, arts education, participatory theatre, community-based arts, performance studies, Russian/Soviet avant-garde, allegory and allegorical theatre, and dramaturgy as a supportive, creative, and generative practice.