Sara Lyons

MFA, Carnegie Mellon University. A Los Angeles-based director and alum of New York University Hemispheric Institute’s EMERGENYC program for artists working at the intersection of performance and politics, Lyons seeks to explode form and politic in critically embodied, often interdisciplinary new theatre and performance works. Working frequently in adaptation, social practice, and new media, as well as theatre, their work has been presented nationally and internationally by REDCAT, Los Angeles Performance Practice, OUTsider, SFX Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, HERE Arts Center, LaMaMa, Edinburgh Fringe, and more. Current projects include Paul Outlaw’s BBC (Big Black Cockroach), a Kafka-inspired, live horror farce in which a white Tr*mp-supporting woman wakes up as a montrous vermin—a black man (REDCAT 2019). Lyons'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; it has been presented by The Wattis Institute, Los Angeles Performance Practice, and OUTsider. Lyons has taught at UCLA and received residencies from Thymele Arts (2020 Resident Artist), Ucross Foundation, PAM Residencies, and Los Angeles Performance Practice/Automata LA. Lyons’s critical writing has been published by and 


Previous Courses

MFA Theatre

Written Thesis

Graduate Component—Year

This class meets once a week and is required for all second-year Theatre graduate students.