Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Faculty and Production Staff

Sarah Gabel, Ph.D

Title/s:  Professor Emeritus

Email: sgabel1@luc.edu


Professor Sarah Gabel, Ph.D. is the Chairperson for the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.  She teaches a variety of acting and directing classes and serves as director of LUC Theatre Senior Showcase. She has served on a several university committees including Academic Council for the College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty Council, the 2009-2014 Strategic Plan Steering Committee and CAS Restructuring Task Force. She is a member of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, National Association of Schools of Theatre and the American Theatre Association for Higher Education. Dr. Gabel has served as Program Supervisor of the Arts Infusion Initiative funded by the Chicago Community Trust providing faculty development to teaching artists working with youth in high-risk environments in Chicago since 2011.


Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
M.A., Bowling Green State University
B.A., Albion College

Research Interests

Dr. Gabel has a strong interest in musical theatre, particularly the works of Stephen Sondheim. On the Loyola University Chicago Mullady stage, she has directed Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,  Assassins, Into the WoodsA Little Night MusicWest Side Story and Little Women: The Musical. She has also directed Merrily We Roll Along. Other Loyola productions directed by Dr. Gabel include fml: How Carsen McCullers Saved My Life, The Hot Mikado, Electra, Baby, A Chorus LineHedda GablerAntigone, and The Pirates of Penzance. Her recent professional directing credits include director for Third (Apple Tree Theatre), Bleach (13 Carat Productions), Climbing the Volcano (Piccolo Theatre), The Fantasticks (Organic Theatre), The Infernal Machine (The Eclipse Theatre), and as Historical Dance Consultant for A Little Night Music (Writer’s Theatre) and Tom Jones (Northlight Theatre).  Dr. Gabel has an interest in the development of new plays. She has directed the world premieres of Not Even the Children (2000 ACTD Regional Finalist) written by alumnus Philip Dawkins, The Devil in DispuntaAmorphous George (1986 ACTF Finalist), Bully, and At the Paradise Club.