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Gabriele Jakobi Medical Fund

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Gabriele is a renowned theatre director from Berlin who has won many international awards. Her passion and creativity are irrepressible and her contributions to the arts are extensive. In June 2015, Gabi suffered a serious stroke while preparing to direct Chekov's "The Three Sisters" for Scena Theatre in Washington, DC. As a result, her medical bills are tremendous and rising each day. Also, since she was in America when she had this stroke, many of her medical and rehabilitation bills are not being covered by her socialized healthcare in Germany. Now, Gabi has some difficulty expressing herself, which is a tremendous blow to an artist. Ultimately, when she is able to travel, she must be escorted on a plane back to Berlin for specialized rehab and care. 

These setbacks have put Gabi in financial straits as she fights to recover and hopefully work in the theatre again one day. Her partner, Robert McNamara (Scena's Artistic Director) is caring for her around the clock and helping her make ends meet, financially. At the same time, he's trying to direct a replacement play for Scena and help the company thrive. Won't you please help relieve Gabi and Robert's burden with a donation to her medical fund? You'd be supporting a lovely lady, talented director, and dear friend of so many theatre artists in DC and Europe. Please help now. Any amount will truly help.

A touching article in "Washingtonian Magazine" on Gabriele Jakobi:
"Gabi has a knack for assembling dazzling casts and infusing difficult plays with a rich and vivid sense of humanity"   —Trey Graham , "Washingtonian" | 7. 7.15

A charming video of Gabi singing in German, Mar. 2011, "The Weir" cast party


  • Nancy Robinette
    • $25 
    • 8 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Brian Dean
Alexandria, VA
Robert E. McNamara

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