Alumna director-turned-theater critic Sara Holdren to speak at Yale Feb. 6

Sarah Holdren with the Poynter Fellowship logo.

Yale alumna Sara Holdren, a Brooklyn-based director and New York magazine’s theater critic, will speak at Yale on Tuesday, Feb. 6, as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

During her visit to campus, Holdren will participate in two events: a craft talk at 11:30 a.m. in Rm. 205 of Linsley-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St.; and a 1 p.m. lunch discussion in the Blair Room of Pierson College, 261 Park St. Those interested in attending should e-mail [email protected] by Friday, Feb. 2.

Holdren was named theater critic at New York last July, and it is her first full-time role as a critic. She is also the artistic director and co-founder of the theater company Tiltyard. In her own words, Holdren specializes in “Shakespeare, reimagined classics, and spectacular, outsized stories new and old.

Holdren’s most recent project is “Midsummer,” which she co-adapted from the play by William Shakespeare. She served as the artistic director of the 2015 Yale Summer Cabaret, where she directed the original production of “Midsummer.” Her other directorial work includes “Deer and the Lovers” by Emily Zemba and “The Zero Scenario” by Ryan Campbell.

Holdren graduated from Yale College, where she studied theater, in 2008 and received a Master of Fine Arts in directing from Yale School of Drama in 2015. She is also a writer, a graphic designer, and a teacher, interested in making theater with students of all ages.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Sharon Louden, Vinson Cunningham, and April Ryan. 

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