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Raven Theatre Names New Artistic Director

Sarah Slight Takes the Reins Following Successful 40th Season


Chicago, Illinois (June 27, 2023) – Chicago’s Raven Theatre Company today named Sarah Slight as Artistic Director, following her successful stewardship of the Company through its 40th season as Interim Artistic Director. Slight now takes the reins of the Equity-affiliated northside theatre company as it prepares for its 41st season, featuring a highly anticipated revival of Lucille Fletcher’s psychological thriller “Night Watch” and two World Premiere dramas.


“Sarah’s work as Raven Theatre Company’s Interim Artistic Director as we conducted the nearly seven-month search process was stellar,” said Raven Theatre Company Board President Stephen Johnson. “We are quite confident that she will lead the theater with grace and insight as it solidifies and expands its presence in the artistic community.”


“To be a part of this exciting time in Raven’s history is a unique honor,” said Sarah Slight, newly-named Artistic Director of Raven Theatre Company. “I'm particularly thrilled to continue working on our upcoming season, which has two world premieres--both Raven commissions--and a gripping revival. I plan to continue Raven's tradition of producing a combination of revivals and new plays that speak to the current moment in our shared culture while simultaneously working to expand the depth and breadth of our mission.”

Slight’s appointment becomes official on July 1, 2023. Raven’s 41st season begins October 5, 2023 with a revival of Lucille Fletcher’s hit Broadway psychological thriller “Night Watch”; continues in February 2024 with the World Premiere of Paul Michael Thomson’s “brother sister cyborg space,” exploring the political divisions within families against the backdrop of a rapidly-accelerating climate crisis; and culminates in May 2024 with the World Premiere of the final installment in Joshua Allen’s “The Grand Boulevard Trilogy,” set in 1919 during the Chicago Race Riots.

41st Season subscription packages are on sale now at www.raventheatre.com/subscriptions, with individual tickets going on sale in August 2023.

About Sarah Slight

Sarah Slight (she/her) is a Chicago-based dramaturg, literary manager, and producer. Recent dramaturgy credits include “Right to be Forgotten” by Sharyn Rothstein, dir. Sarah Gitenstein, “The Luckiest” by Melissa Ross, dir. Cody Estle (Raven Theatre); “The Gradient” by Steph Del Rosso, dir. Amelia Acosta Powell (St. Louis Rep); and two of the three “Christmas at Pemberley” plays by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon — “Georgiana & Kitty,” dir. Marti Lyons and “The Wickhams,” dir. Jessica Thebus (Northlight Theatre). Sarah has also dramaturged new play development workshops at Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, New Harmony Project, Phoenix Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, and American Theater Company. Alongside Jess McLeod, she is the co-adapator of a condensed version of “The Project(s)” by PJ Paparelli and Joshua Jaeger, which toured through Chicago Public Schools and housing conferences in 2017. Sarah has served as the associate artistic director at American Theater Company, artistic programs manager at Northlight Theatre, literary associate at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and literary manager at Red Eye Theatre. She is an ensemble member at Rivendell Theatre and a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Sarah earned an MFA in Dramaturgy and Script Development at Columbia University and a BS in Theatre Studies with associated studies in art and history at University of Evansville. She lives in the West Ridge neighborhood of Chicago with her husband and three children.


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