Helen Jaksch considers both El Paso, TX and New Orleans, LA home. She is working on her Doctorate of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale where she is studying Youth-Created Theatre in America. Her writings on theatre and performance have been featured in TDR, Theater, Performing Fiction and TheNOLA Defender. She has produced and served as dramaturg for new plays, devised performances, and youth playmaking programs in New York, Connecticut, Louisiana, and Texas. Some of her favorite projects include: co-creating and directing Mystery Boy, a play adapted from a novel hand-written by an 11-year-old and performing a conniving older sister in 7th grade Tahjanay's Love Thy Sister. A passionate advocate for young voices and community artists, she will soon be joining Southern Rep as the company's Education Director.