Madeline Sayet

Madeline Sayet

Madeline Sayet is a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment, NCAIED Native American 40 Under 40, MIT Media Lab Fellow, a TED Fellow, a National Directing Fellow, and has been a Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage, a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow, and a recipient of The White House Champion of Change Award from President Obama. She is a member of the Mohegan Tribe and her...
Madeline Sayet is a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment, NCAIED Native American 40 Under 40, MIT Media Lab Fellow, a TED Fellow, a National Directing Fellow, and has been a Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage, a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow, and a recipient of The White House Champion of Change Award from President Obama. She is a member of the Mohegan Tribe and her work as a director frequently uses minimalist magical realism to explore questions of gendering, indigenous perspectives, and reimagine classic plays in new ways to give voice to those who have been silenced. Recent directing includes: Henry IV (CT Repertory Theatre), Whale Song (Perseverance Theatre), As You Like It (Delaware Shakespeare), The Coronation of Poppea (Krannert Center, Illinois), The Magic Flute (Glimmerglass), Macbeth (NYC Parks), Daughters of Leda (IRT), Sliver of a Full Moon (Joe’s Pub/Capitol Building/United Nations/Yale Law), Powwow Highway (HERE), Miss Lead (59e59). BFA Theater, MA Arts Politics NYU. MA Shakespeare & Creativity from The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford Upon Avon, UK. She recently premiered her solo show "Where We Belong" in London at Shakespeare's Globe to critical acclaim.

Plays

  • Daughters of Leda
    As the seasons change and Persephone returns to the underworld, a mortal girl arrives at the same time asking questions that turn history upside down. The Fates have a game up their sleeve – they are tired, they need a vacation. But in order to leave, they have to give the stories they exploited back. In a whirlwind of events, Adam & Eve, Leda (& the Swan), Helen, Clytemnestra, Iphigenia, and Electra...
    As the seasons change and Persephone returns to the underworld, a mortal girl arrives at the same time asking questions that turn history upside down. The Fates have a game up their sleeve – they are tired, they need a vacation. But in order to leave, they have to give the stories they exploited back. In a whirlwind of events, Adam & Eve, Leda (& the Swan), Helen, Clytemnestra, Iphigenia, and Electra all come together to choose their own destinies and finally tell their side of the stories that have instilled fear of feminine knowledge for far too long.

    *It is important to the story that it be cast as diversely as possible
  • Could You Love Me?
    Written for "After Orlando." Intentionally does not list who it should be performed by. It could be the shooter or the victim. It could be any gender. The only requirement is they must speak directly to the audience - and they must try to get the audience to love them enough to save their life.
  • Together
    There are two onstage. They are whoever you want them to be. But they will be themselves. And they will not like each other. No matter what.
  • Blood on the Leaves
    The sky is different. They are missing. The constellations that keep us honest, ensure we do what we are supposed to do. We need them to light the way. Based on the traditional story of the Hunter and the Bear, this play was commissioned for the 2019 Climate Change Theatre Action.
  • Return to the Edge of Life
    10 Minute Play. They all come from the same town, they haven't seen each other since the fall. But today is an important day. So they have returned to commence an important event.