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Madeline Sayet

Executive Director Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program, Forbes 30 Under 30, TED Fellow

Madeline Sayet is a citizen of the Mohegan Tribe and the Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (YIPAP). For her work as a director, writer, and performer she has been honored as a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment, TED Fellow, MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, National Directing Fellow, Drama League Director-In-Residence, NCAIED Native American 40 Under 40, and a recipient of The White House Champion of Change Award from President Obama. She is known throughout the field for her work promoting indigenous voices and decolonizing systems. She recently premiered here solo performance piece Where We Belong at Shakespeare's Globe and Richmix in London, and it will be a part of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's coming season. Recent directing work includes: Staged at Home: a Virtual Benefit Concert (Long Wharf Theatre), 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). www.madelinesayet.com

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Interrogating the Shakespeare System
Essay

Interrogating the Shakespeare System

31 August 2020

Madeline Sayet argues that promoting Shakespeare as the best writer of all time is a dangerous and white supremacist viewpoint, and she believes it’s time to interrogate the Bard’s placecent as the pinnacle of theatrical achievement.

HowlRound Twitter Chat
Event

HowlRound Twitter Chat

Subtitle

Theatre's Response to Global Colonization and Occupation 

26 November 2019
Twitter
Decolonizing Systems/Our Theatre Ecology
Video

Decolonizing Systems/Our Theatre Ecology

Friday 1 June 2018
Online
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?
Essay

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.