Madeline Sayet is a director of new plays, classics, and opera who believes the stories we pass down inform our collective possible futures. For her work as a director she was named to Forbes’ 2018 30 Under 30 List in Hollywood & Entertainment, and has been honored as a TED Fellow, a MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, a National Directing Fellow, and a recipient of The White House Champion of Change Award. A member of the Mohegan nation, she was deeply influenced by the stories and oral traditions passed down to her by her great-aunt Gladys Tantaquidgeon, former Medicine Woman, and her mother Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel, current Medicine Woman. This summer she will be directing the world premiere of Whale Song by Cathy Rexford at the Perseverance Theatre in Alaska.
Annalisa Dias and Madeline Sayet introduce the Decolonizing Theatre series by exploring the ways the American theatre has been and still is complicit in the legacy of colonialism.
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Madeline Sayet reflects on her ancestor Sachem Mahomet Weyonomon, and advocates supporting Native stories and theatremakers.
Madeline Sayet, a 2016 TED Fellow, shares insights from other TED Fellows with applications for theatre practice.
In the last installation of the Native Voices series, Madeline Sayet explores how we can use story to build bridges between worlds.