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Debbie Saivetz

Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance

Life Hall
BS, Northwestern University
MA, Northwestern University
PhD, Northwestern University
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DEBBIE SAIVETZ has directed and developed new plays at New York, United States regional and international theaters such as the Foundry, Fulcrum, Clubbed Thumb, Rattlestick, E.S.T., Working Theater, Voice & Vision, Red Bull, INTAR, American Lyric Theater, the Lark, the Playwrights' Center, Hartford Stage, the Goodman, the Guthrie, Long Wharf and Seattle Repertory.

Most recently she directed Stephanie Fleischmann's Sound House, inspired by British electronic composer and inventor Daphne Oram (New Georges, New York). Her directing credits include the New York premiere of Mexican playwright Javier Malpica's Our Dad is in Atlantis (Working Theater/Queens Theater-in-the-Park), the Mexican premiere of Sarah Ruhl's La Casa Limpia / The Clean House (Teatro Helénico, Mexico City), Verónica Musalem's Rebanadas de vida / Slices of Life (Lab Trece Mexico City), and Ruhl's Eurídice (La Casa de los Teatros, Oaxaca, Mexico).

For the Mexico/United States Playwright Exchange at New York's Lark Play Development Center, she directed Alberto Castillo's Severed Moon, Mario Cantú Toscano's Memorama, Irela de Viller’s Quetzalcoatl Puddle, Cutberto López’s Yamaha 300, Jorge Celaya’s Van Gogh in New York and Musalem’s Adela and Juana.

With the Santiago, Chile-based Teatro la Llave, she has directed a number of works by playwrights such as Wajdi Mouawad, Roland Schimmelpfennig, Dea Loher and Guillermo Calderón. For New York's Underground Zero Festival, she performed in Exodus: LONEtheater, a site-specific intervention created by Argentine multi-disciplinary theater artist Matías Umpierrez.

Debbie is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors Equity Association and the National Alliance of Acting Teachers. She is a Drama League Directing Fellow, a New Georges Affiliated Artist and 2015-16 Audrey Resident; an alumna of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and the Women's Project Directors' Forum; and was a resident director at New Dramatists. She is the author of An Event in Space: JoAnne Akalaitis in Rehearsal, published by Smith & Kraus.