Leslie Jacobson has more than 40 years of experience producing, writing, directing and teaching theatre to address societal challenges and to give voice to people often marginalized by the dominant culture. Jacobson has been a Professor of Theatre at the George Washington University since 1977, serving as Department Chair for 13 years.
She is Founding Artistic Director of “Horizons… theatre from a Woman’s Perspective”, a platform offering Washington area audiences professional theatre featuring works by women playwrights, creating opportunities for women theatre artists, reflecting the diversity of women and their experiences, and cultivating new voices through creative and educational collaboration between Horizons and the community.
In 2003, she first engaged with the Bokamoso Youth Centre in Winterveldt, South Africa. In collaboration with Roy Barber, she has created eight music/theatre pieces with at-risk youth from the Centre and has brought a dozen youth to Washington each winter to perform and serve as informal ambassadors to the D.C. community and the GW University.