Arts Education

ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS

Southern Rep’s “School to Stage Pipeline” gives students age 4-18 the chance to explore and engage with live, professional theatre, participate in their own productions, and pursue their wildest and most creative dreams. Whether students are watching a production, taking a trip behind the scenes, or staging their own creation, our programs have proven to improve students’ literacy, critical thinking skills, cooperative abilities, knowledge of theatre as an art form, and creative confidence. To date, more than 18,000 kids have experienced the joy and magic of great theatre through Southern Rep Arts Education Programs. With our scholarship program, steep discount offers, and free events, we’re committed to making sure everybody can get involved!

A NOTE FROM ARTS EDUCATION DIRECTOR HELEN JAKSCH

Hello Y’all!

I’m originally from El Paso, TX but I’ve called New Orleans my home since 2005. After I graduated from Tulane in 2009, I headed to the Northeast to work on projects, collaborate with young artists, and go graduate school. I have my MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism and love helping playwrights create new work, but my heart has always been in working with and celebrating young people! Among other exploits, I have created an original play based on a 11-year old’s novel, I have worked for four years with middle-school playwrights with the Dwight/Edgewood Project as a Mentor, Teaching Artist, and Actor, I have written interactive plays for St. Francisville’s local library summer series, I have taught scenic design workshops for elementary school students, and I have mentored and directed high-school actors in musicals in both English and Spanish.

Every now and then, I get to perform in work by a young artist! Here I am as Twilly the Mermaid in 6th Grade Playwright Ellie’s play “Finding Home.”

I believe in the artistry, creativity, and imagination of young people. They have voices and perspectives that are worth hearing. As Southern Rep’s new Director of Arts Education, I hope to take all of the excellent feedback you’ve given us over the past few years to make space for those voices and to help bring out the silliest, happiest, boldest, most creative artists out of the children and youth of New Orleans.

I hope you and your young artist will join us for our workshops and at the theatre!

You can always contact me with any questions, comments or suggestions! Please email me at education@southernrep.com.