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Language is the Building Block of Thought: TED Talk, TED Conference, 2016 (Vancouver)

Sayet is an experienced educator, having engaged learners of all ages at universities, conferences, and workshops, internationally. If interested in setting up a class, lecture, or workshop, please email Madeline directly, using the contact form on the website.




Sayet as Guest Speaker at TCG Fall Forum on Governance: Culturemakers 2018

Articles and Interviews

Madeline is featured in the Dec 2018 Issue of National Geographic Magazine 

Reclaiming Our Stories by Tristan Ahtone. December 2018 Issue of National Geographic


Madeline's work is a case study in "Creating a Freelance Career"

Creating a Freelance Career by Jill L. Ferguson (Chapter 2 - Case Study)

Case Study 2.1 Madeline Sayet


Going Global: Madeline Sayet Premieres Her One Woman Show in London

The Day


America's Obsession With Killing Indians Hasn't Died

by Madeline Sayet. High Country News


Cover Story for the April Issue of American Theatre Magazine

Native Women Rising

by Madeline Sayet

One to Watch: Madeline Sayet is Making Waves as a Theater Director

The Day

Episode 145: Holy Sh*t Its Madeline Sayet!

No Holds Bard: Shakespeare Podcast


Dreaming Up Your Island

Radical Mischief Blog: Royal Shakespeare Company and the University of Birmingham


Finding a Rock and Gaining an Audience

Howlround 2017


Reimagining Shakespeare's Legacy with Madeline Sayet

Theatre History Podcast 2017

You Ask Too Many Questions

The Lark, Stages of Resistance 2017


The Fantasy Shakespeare Season Draft 2017

No Holds Bard Podcast

Madeline competes in the No Holds Bard Podcast's first Fantasy Shakespeare Season Draft


Why Shakespeare Deserves a Native American Perspective

TED Fellows Blog 2016


NEA Art Talk with Director Madeline Sayet

National Endowment for the Arts 2016


Theatre 101: On civility, risk, and the demonization of dissent

The Paris Review, Alison Kinney

The Fellowship of the TED: 20 Theatre Lessons from the 2016 TED Fellows

Howlround 2016

How Madeline Sayet is Transforming the Way We Think About Shakespeare

Mental Floss Magazine 2016

Blackface, Diversity, and Getting Opera Right in 2015

GOOD Magazine - Alison Kinney

The Dreams We Make - TCG Circle

Audience Revolution Series 2015

A Fearless Flute: Madeline Sayet on Mozart's Die Zauberflote

Opera Think Tank 2015

What Sort of Bridge Will You Build?

Howlround: Native Voices Week 2015

Off Limits, Onstage

TCG Game Change 2015

Rethinking the Rules

TCG Survive/Thrive 2014

People You Should Know - Madeline Sayet

Visible Soul by Zack Calhoon 2014


A Beautiful Confusion - TCG Circle

Diversity and inclusion Series 2013

A Fierce and Acknowledged Representation - TCG Circle

Diversity and inclusion Series 2013

Past Lectures and Teaching Residencies (Select)

Keynote: "Ancestors in Unexpected Places" - Indigenous Mobilities Conference - Beyond the Spectacle, University of Kent

Keynote: Where Does the Story Meet the Earth - Shakespeare's Globe London - Shakespeare and the Climate Emergency Conference

Bodies and Borders - UC Santa Barbara

Indigenizing Shakespeare - Michigan State University

Adapting the Classics - Butler University (Semester Course)

Shakespeare - Old Globe MFA Program, University of San Diego (Semester Course)

Host for Telling Our Own Story - New York Public Radio - The Greene Space

Moderator for Shakespeare & Indigeneity - Arizona State University

Panelist for Theatre Roundtable - BIPOC Directors Collective

Panelist for Shakespeare's Heroines - Shakespeare Theatre Company

Panelist for Resisting Shakespeare - Cal Shakes

Panelist for Decolonizing New Play Development

Panelist for East West Players Artistic Leaders Roundtable

Panelist for Shakespeare and Colonialism - Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Why Shakespeare Series

Panelist and Facilitator for Stories, Sovereignty, and Imagining Forward - International Festival of Arts and Ideas (New Haven)

Directing Lab Mentor - National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Visiting Libra Diversity Professor - University of Maine

Indigenous Shakespeares - Idyllwild Arts

Indigenous Shakespeares - University of South Dakota

What Does the Water Teach You? - United States Coast Guard Academy

Shakespeare and the Invitation  - Keynote for the Utah Shakespeare Festival's Wooden O'Symposium

Not All Stories Come From Somewhere Else - Public Speaking Engagement for SHPO (State Historic Preservation Office, CT)

Directing Workshop - University of Maine

Directing Shakespeare - Kennedy Center (American College Theatre Festival)

Native Theater and Community Building - Tisch School of the Arts, Arts Politics Dept

Directing - Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University

Embodying Text - Shakespeare by the Sea (Newfoundland, Canada)

Breaking the Rules - BBYO International Convention 2017 (Dallas, Texas)

TED Conference 2016 (Vancouver, Canada)

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: Guest Lecturer for Music and Design Courses

University of East Anglia (UK): Who Gets to Laugh? Strength and Humiliation on the American Stage

Amherst College: Indigenous Shakespeares

Bard College: Indigenous Shakespeares

Amherst College - Panelist for the Five College Multicultural Theatre Conference 

Hayground School - Diversity and Inclusion Residency - Teaching Identity and Respect to students 4-13 Through Devised Theatre

UMASS Boston - Indigenous Feminisms - Representations of Indigenous Women On Stage

New York University - Caliban

NAISA (Native American and Indigenous Studies Association)  - Decolonizing the Savage Stage

New York University - The Tempest and The New World 

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