Madeline Sayet

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Executive Director, Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program

Madeline Sayet is a director of new plays, classics, and opera who believes the stories we pass down inform our collective possible futures. She is a member of the Mohegan nation and has been honored as a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment, TED Fellow, MIT Media Lab Fellow, National Directing Fellow, Drama League Director-In-Residence, and a recipient of The White House Champion of Change Award from President Obama. Sayet wrote the cover story for the first issue of American Theatre Magazine on Native American Theatre, and is known throughout the field for her work promoting indigenous voices and decolonizing systems. She premiered her solo performance piece Where We Belongat Shakespeare’s Globe and RichMix in London this June to critical acclaim. Recent directing work includes: Midsummer Night’s Dream(South Dakota Shakespeare), Henry IV(Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Whale Song(Perseverance Theatre), She Kills Monsters (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), As You Like It(Delaware Shakespeare), The Winter’s Tale(Amerinda/HERE Arts), Poppea(Krannert Center, Illinois), The Magic Flute (Glimmerglass), Macbeth(NYC Parks), Miss Lead(59e59).  She holds a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, MA in Arts Politics & Post-Colonial Study from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and an MA in Shakespeare & Creativity from The Shakespeare Institute (UK).