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Madeline Sayet

Forbes 30 Under 30, TED Fellow, MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow, White House Champion of Change

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, MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, National Directing Fellow, and a recipient of The White House Champion of Change Award from President Obama. 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. Upcoming: Whale Song by Cathy Rexford (Perseverance Theatre), Henry IV (CT Repertory Theatre), Midsummer Nights Dream (South Dakota Shakespeare), Workshop of Hart Island Requiem (Drama League). 

Decolonizing Theatre/La Descolonización del Teatro
Essay

Decolonizing Theatre/La Descolonización del Teatro

an Introduction/Introducción

27 May 2018

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.

Theatre History Podcast #46
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast #46

Reimagining Shakespeare’s Legacy with Madeline Sayet

14 September 2017

Madeline Sayet joins us to talk about how she's producing Shakespeare's work with Native American artists to place them in a new, more diverse context.

Finding a Rock and Gaining an Audience
Essay

Finding a Rock and Gaining an Audience

24 March 2017

Madeline Sayet reflects on her ancestor Sachem Mahomet Weyonomon, and advocates supporting Native stories and theatremakers.

The Fellowship of the TED
Essay

The Fellowship of the TED

20 Theatre Lessons from the 2016 TED Fellows

15 July 2016

Madeline Sayet, a 2016 TED Fellow, shares insights from other TED Fellows with applications for theatre practice.

What Sort of Bridge Will You Build?
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What Sort of Bridge Will You Build?

1 March 2015

In the last installation of the Native Voices series, Madeline Sayet explores how we can use story to build bridges between worlds.

Decolonizing Theatre Practice / Decolonarizar Practicas de Teatro
Series

Decolonizing Theatre Practice / Decolonarizar Practicas de Teatro

This series explores ways in which theatre artists can decolonize their practice and the field.