Sara Freeman is a theater director and dramaturg, with a scholarship focus on alternative British theater, contemporary playwrights, and the direction and design of new plays in the U.S. and U.K. She researched the history of alternative British theatre from the 1970s to the 1990s, in particular the Joint Stock Theatre Company, Women’s Theatre Group, Gay Sweatshop, and the Royal Court Theatre. She studies contemporary British playwrights, such as Timberlake Wertenbaker and Caryl Churchill. Her current book project is about director Les Waters and designer Annie Smart and their premiere productions of plays by Caryl Churchill, Charles Mee, Naomi Iizka, and Sarah Ruhl. In addition she is interested dramaturgy, Bertolt Brecht, and gender and performance as seen in feminist and queer theatre. Freeman co-edited International Dramaturgy: Translation and Transformations in the Theatre of Timberlake Wertenbaker (Peter Lang, 2008) and Public Theatres and Theatre Publics (Cambridge Scholar’s Press, 2012). She has published chapters in Working in the Wings: New Perspectives on Theatre and Labor; British Theatre Companies: 1980-1994; Decades of Modern British Playwriting: The 1980s; and Readings in Performance and Ecology. As a director, she has staged Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play, Force of Habit, Spring Awakening, and In the Next Room at Puget Sound. Other directing projects include Eurydice, Love's Labors Lost, Our Country's Good, Bold Stroke for a Wife, and Blue Heart. She is editor of Theatre History Studies, a consulting editor for Bloomsbury-Methuen's Modern Classics series, and she has written numerous articles for major theater journals. Freeman teaches theatre arts and directs plays at Puget Sound.
B.A., University of Puget Sound, 1995; M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002