Extraordinary Professor of Theatre Arts
Degrees: DFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism (YSD, 2021), MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism (YSD, 2015), MA in Performance Studies (NYU, 2011), BA in Theatre and English (Tulane, 2009)
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.
Loyola University New Orleans
Dept. of Theatre Arts & Dance
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 155
New Orleans, LA 70118