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Sabrina (she/her) uses art to identify cycles of history, imagine transformative civic engagement, and practice collective healing.

With double the last names for double the fun, Sabrina Zanello Jackson is an Argentinian-American dramaturg, director, producer, organizer, educator, and freelance book editor. (Carnegie Mellon Dramaturgy 2022)


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As a story consultant, Sabrina helps develop bold new plays, musicals, adaptations, transmedia works, and books. Her recent dramaturgy work includes Power/Trip by Anne Cecelia DeMelo, My H8 Letter to the Gr8 American Theatre by Diana Oh, and Birds and Beansprouts by Joe Young. She recently edited the young-adult fantasy novel, Life Amongst the GiantsShe served as the education and engagement apprentice for Olney Theatre Center's 2022-23 season and finds joy evaluating scripts for the San Diego Latinx New Play Festival.


She’s also a spec-fic nerd who believes virtual theatre is here to stay. Recent virtual productions include Theatre: A Love Story (Assistant Producer, National Women’s Theatre Festival), a day (Dramaturg, CMU), and Cloudbanks (Director, New Works Coffeehouse). Her paper on interactive cinema, “The Awful Power to Punish”, was published in LURe Journal in October 2021.

Photo by Louis Stein

As a community organizer, Sabrina is passionate about consent-based practices, reimagining safety, and dismantling access barriers. She spent the summer of 2022 conducting archival research on the history of campus policing and sexual violence at Carnegie Mellon. She is a member of LMDA and Open Circle Theatre's Hive Collective.


In her “free time”, she enjoys nature walks, alfajores, and research rabbit-holes.

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artistic statement

I’m a Spanglish-speaking dramaturg, director, editor, producer, and community organizer passionate about bridging the gap between artists and audiences. My work uses art to identify cycles of history, imagine transformative civic engagement, and practice collective healing.

artistic statement
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As a dramaturg, I support the development of bold new plays, musicals, adaptations, bilingual and transmedia works. I am most drawn to stories that exist to resist; stories of liberation and joy that are unafraid to break Aristotelian structure, engage queer and disability aesthetics, or challenge spectatorship. Playwrights who inspire me include Lily Padilla, Ntozake Shange, Daniella de Jesús, lily gonzales, Guillermo Calderón, and Julia Izumi.

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I dream of a world where trust comes from love comes from responsibility. As a community organizer, I am passionate about dismantling access barriers to the arts and promoting true inclusion (which often means centering the most marginalized) in artistic leadership, creative teams, and audience outreach. To support this, I’m taking time to deepen my understanding of consent work, radical hospitality, archivism, Transformative Justice, Disability Justice, the nonprofit industrial complex, and post-carbon futures.

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I believe in theatre that reproduces healing rather than harm. Poet Roger Reeves explains that there is perverse voyeurism in depicting violence in art and doing so without care inadvertently reproduces that violence for the viewers. The act of looking is extremely powerful. Playwrights who inform my views on spectatorship (in content and form!) include Jackie Sibblies Drury, Jennifer Haley, and María Irene Fornés.

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other beliefs THAT i hold close:

  • I know the least I will know for the rest of my life!

  • Libraries are radical spaces

  • We speak in poetry, not prose!

  • The body is not an apology

  • History is inherently fictionalized

  • “We ‘should’ others as a defense mechanism.” - Mara Nelson-Greenberg

  • The work... is... slow...

  • “If it isn’t healing, it isn’t justice.” - Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

  • Weird is good :)

  • I’m way sillier in real life I promise

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