Sara Lyons is a director and performance-maker working across performance disciplines. She seeks to explode convention in form and politic, creating work that is critically embodied around questions of gender, sexuality, race, and contemporary technology. She works frequently in adaptation, social engagement, and new media.
Her work has been presented at Wild Project, Ensemble Studio Theatre, HERE Arts Center, Fordham University, Culture Project, LaMaMa ETC, Dixon Place, Edinburgh Fringe, and more. Recent work includes I’m Very Into You, an original stage adaptation of the email correspondence by Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark, presented at Festival Special Effects 2017 and called “worth keeping an eye out for” by American Theatre Magazine; Baby Mama: One Woman’s Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People by Mariah MacCarthy, which tours internationally and was named “funny, moving, and unapologetically candid” by Time Out New York; and Medea/Shulie, an original adaptation colliding Euripides' Medea with the legacy of the late great activist and author Shulamith Firestone.
Sara holds a B.A. in Theatre and Gender Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; is an alum of DirectorsLabChicago and the EMERGENYC program for political performance-makers at NYU’s Hemispheric Institute; and is currently a John Wells Directing Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University.