about the artist
Sara Lyons is a Los Angeles-based director who seeks to explode form and politic in critically embodied, often interdisciplinary new theater and performance works. Working frequently in adaptation, social practice, and new media as well as theater, their work has been presented nationally and internationally by The Kitchen (NYC), REDCAT, Los Angeles Performance Practice, OUTsider, SFX Festival (NYC), Ensemble Studio Theatre (LA), HERE Arts Center (NYC), La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (NYC), Edinburgh Fringe, and more.
In addition to This Emancipation Thing, recent projects include Sophia Cleary’s One & Only (The Kitchen), an experiment in theater for an audience of one; Paul Outlaw’s BBC (Big Black Cockroach); and BigBlackOctoberSurprise, a Kafka-inspired live horror farce in which a white Tr*mp-supporting woman wakes up as a “monstrous vermin” — a Black man (REDCAT 2019). Sara’s ongoing project I’m Very Into You is an original adaptation of the published 1995 email correspondence by feminist literary legend Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark. Called “worth keeping an eye out for” by American Theatre magazine, I’m Very Into You is an ongoing queer archival performance project engaging queer and feminist artists in communities around the country.
Sara has received residencies from Ucross Foundation, Thymele Arts (2020 Resident Artist), PAM Residencies, and Los Angeles Performance Practice/Automata LA.
Sara holds an MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University and is an alum of the Hemispheric Institute’s EMERGENYC program for artists working at the intersection of performance and politics at NYU. They have lectured at UCLA, Sarah Lawrence College, and Cal Poly Pomona, and their critical writing has been published by ContemporaryPerformance.com and Riting.org.
cast & creative team
Conceived and Directed by Sara Lyons, and co-created with The Ensemble
Performed by Jennifer Jonassen, Jack MacCarthy, Staci Mize, Chenoa Rae, Michelle Sui
Media and Interaction Design: Joseph Amodei
Scenic Design: Emily MacDonald
Lighting Design: Chu-Hsuan Chang
Sound Design: Jonathan Snipes
Associate Sound Designer: Yasmine El-Tayeb
Assistant Scenic Designers: Yessi Garcia-Garibay, Alan Tollefson
Stage Manager: Max Kunke
Production Manager: Christa Troester
Producers: Nikki DiLoreto, Jessica Hanna