Sarah Hughes is a director and producer of theater and new media. Her work embraces limitation, values accidental discoveries, and is deeply collaborative, employing unexpected choices in casting, staging, and tone to create medium-specific, inclusive, sustainable, shared experiences that aim at truth rather than at the effect of reality.
Sarah has collaborated as a director on new plays, performance art pieces and devised works with Eliza Bent, Julia May Jonas / Nellie Tinder, MJ Kaufman, McFeely Sam Goodman / Limited Liability Theater Company, Chana Porter, Deepali Gupta, Julia Izumi, Zarina Shea, Eli Nixon, Pablo Helguera, Corinne Donly, Cara Scarmack, Alaina Ferris, Superhero Clubhouse, and more. Her work has been presented throughout NYC with Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Abrons Arts Center, BAM Next Wave, The Bushwick Starr, New Ohio, Japan Society, The Tank, Caveat, The Segal Center, Columbia University, The Brick, Prelude, and CATCH, among others.
As a producer Sarah has developed new live performances with Sibyl Kempson, the Office for Creative Research, MoMA, and Half Straddle. With Graham Sack, Geoff Sobelle and Sensorium she’s created Virtual & Augmented Reality pieces and immersive installations for Tribeca Film Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, The New York Times, and Penguin Random House.
Sarah worked for many years with Elevator Repair Service, assistant directing Gatz, The Select, Arguendo, Shuffle, and Fondly, Collette Richland off-Broadway and on tour, and with Target Margin Theater as Co-Artistic Producer. In addition to her freelance directing work, Sarah is the new Director of Artistic Programming at Theatre Row and teaches at Dartmouth College and NYU. Sarah has been awarded a New Georges Audrey Residency, a Target Margin Artist Residency, a Drama League Directing Residency, and an NACL Artist Residency. An alum of The Civilians’ R&D Lab and the Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship, she is a current New Georges Jam member, a 2018-2020 WP Theater Directors Lab Fellow, and a 2019 NNPN / O’Neill National Directors Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her partner, writer Alexander Tilney.