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Aaron Sawyer

Artistic Director and founder of Red Theater in Chicago, Omaha, Lincoln, and Purchase.

Co-owner of Redline VR, a virtual reality bar and escape room.

Aaron Sawyer is the Founder and Artistic Director of Red Theater which boasts collectives in Chicago, Lincoln, Omaha, Tucson, and Purchase, NY. As a playwright his top Chicago credits include RED HAMLET and the bilingual Deaf/Hearing production of R+J: THE VINEYARD, heralded as a Top Ten Chicago Play of 2016 (Chicago Theater Beat). Aaron’s directing credits include the Chicago premieres of Bertolt Brecht’s unfinished musical SCHWEYK IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR and TASTE by Benjamin Brand (Jeff Recommended). The Chicago Reader named Aaron and Red Theater as runners up in their 2016 "Best of Chicago List” for Best Stage Director and Best New Theater Company respectively.

Articles by Aaron have been featured in American Theater Magazine and Howlround.com, and he is the curator of the Chicago Storefront Theater Interpreters Database. Aaron’s been featured as a Guest lecturer at Randolph College, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, and Northern Michigan University; co-owner of Redline VR, a virtual reality bar and escape room.

As a filmmaker Aaron wrote and directed a short film starring Emmy-winner Michael Badalucco, BROKEN CIRCLE, as well as a feature-length documentary titled ACT LIKE NOBODY'S IN TROUBLE which details Red Theater’s origin story via its banishment from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is streaming for free at redtheater.org. Aaron is an avid Arsenal FC fan who resides in Chicago with his spouse, son, and pug.

Access Auditions for Performers who are d/Deaf and Disabled
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Access Auditions for Performers who are d/Deaf and Disabled

15 August 2017

Aaron Sawyer and Terri Hudson reflect on what they learned from the Access Auditions, and offer tangible steps theatres can take to become more accessible to performers who are d/Deaf and disabled.

Challenging Perspectives on Auditions for the Differently Abled
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Challenging Perspectives on Auditions for the Differently Abled

20 November 2016

Aaron Sawyer and Sidney T. Smith write about Unified Access Auditions at Red Theater in Chicago, IL.