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Sarah Benson M.F.A. ’04

Sarah Benson M.F.A. ’04

Artistic Director, Soho Rep.

Sarah Benson has been the Artistic Director of Soho Rep. since 2007. Ms. Benson received a Drama Desk nomination and an OBIE award for Sarah Kane’s Blasted (Soho Rep; NY Premiere. She directed the world premiere of Gregory Moss’ House of Gold, Sophocles’ Ajax, Lucas Hnath’s A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney and Richard Maxwell’s Samara.

In a glowing profile in the October 13, 2014, New Yorker, Drama critic Hilton Als averred that since Benson assumed leadership at the Soho Rep. he had “never seen a boring production—a very rare thing indeed.”

Ms. Benson has also worked on new plays at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, New York Stage & Film, and New Dramatists. At Soho Rep, Ms. Benson has commissioned and produced work by artists including David Adjmi, Annie Baker (M.F.A. ’09), Dan LeFranc, Thomas Bradshaw (M.F.A. ’04), Cynthia Hopkins, Jomama Jones, Young Jean Lee (M.F.A. ’05), John Jesurun, Nature Theatre of Oklahoma and Anne Washburn. This work has been recognized with six OBIE awards, four Drama Desk nominations, and The New York Times Outstanding Playwriting Award.

Ms. Benson moved to New York from London on a Fulbright for Theatre Direction. She has served as a mentor in the directing programs at Yale University and New York University.