Sabrina Zanello Jackson

Class of 2022



Sabrina Zanello Jackson (she/her/ella) has double the last names for double the fun. Sabrina is an Argentine-American dramaturg, director, and community organizer passionate about bridging the gap between artists and audiences. Her work uses theatre to identify cycles of history, imagine transformative civic engagement, and practice collective healing.

As a dramaturg, Sabrina helps develop bold new plays, musicals, adaptations, and transmedia works. She is most drawn to stories that exist to resist; stories of liberation and joy that are unafraid to break Aristotelian structure or challenge spectatorship. Her recent dramaturgy work at CMU includes Power/Trip by Anne Cecelia DeMelo, My H8 Letter 2 the Gr8 American Theatre by Diana Oh, and Birds and Beansprouts by Joe Young. She’s also a sci-fi 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).

As a community organizer, Sabrina is passionate about dismantling access barriers to the arts. To support this, she is taking time to deepen her understanding of consent work, radical hospitality, archivism, Transformative Justice, Disability Justice, and the non-profit industrial complex. She served as the Education & Outreach Intern for the National Women’s Theatre Festival in the summer of 2021 and has evaluated scripts for San Diego Rep’s Latinx New Play Festival. Her paper on interactive cinema, “The Awful Power to Punish”, was published in LURe Journal in October 2021. After graduating, Sabrina intends to work in a non-profit arts organization that centers multiculturalism, anti-oppression, and conflict resolution. In her “free time”, she enjoys nature walks, alfajores, and research rabbit-holes.