About jackie B.

Jackie B. has worked as a director, playwright, administrator and producer in the performing arts for almost two decades in both New York and San Francisco. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Recovery Works Theater (RWT) in San Francisco. A grateful recovering alcoholic and addict, Jackie has been sober since 2006. She began directing and writing recovery plays in 2009, and her work has been seen by tens of thousands of recovering alcoholics and addicts throughout the United States in a range of venues from convention centers and black box theaters to county jails. Rooted in rigorous research and a reverence for history, Jackie’s plays seek to create a living connection between the audience’s personal experience and the experiences of the early members and groups of Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve step fellowships. Her play on the history of A.A.’s Twelve Traditions, Our Experience Has Taught Us closed after four years of touring and raised over $30,000 for recovery service organizations in the Pacific Southwest. Her new history play, I Am Responsible, premiered in February 2017 in San Francisco and will begin touring in the fall.

Jackie B. is one of the best recovery historians of the new generation and a master storyteller. [...] Her play had the people in the audience laughing, crying, standing on their feet and applauding, and being totally pulled into the vivid tales which she spun.
— Glenn Chesnut, author and historian (2015)
You had us long-timers all in the palms of your hands and we just surfed the wave of emotion. Masterfully done.
— Jay Stinnet, author and historian (2015)

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TALKS & INTERVIEWS

May 9, 2016: Interview with Joe C. on Rebellion Dogs Radio 

March 5, 2016Symposium on AA History, Sedona Mago Retreat