Sarah Slight ’09 Announced as New Artistic Director of Raven Theatre Company

Carlos Barragán
August 25, 2023

The Raven Theatre Company has named Theatre alumna Sarah Slight ’09 as its new Artistic Director. Slight has served as Interim Artistic Director since the second half of the 2022-23 season, stepping in after the departure of former artistic director Cody Estle.

“Sarah’s work as Raven Theatre Company’s interim artistic director as we conducted the nearly seven-month search process was stellar,” said board president Stephen Johnson in a statement. “We are quite confident that she will lead the theatre with grace and insight as it solidifies and expands its presence in the artistic community.”

Slight will begin her new role at the theater company on Chicago's north side as they prepare for their 41st season. This season includes a highly anticipated remake of Lucille Fletcher's thriller, Night Watch, and two brand new dramas. “The longer I stayed, the more I learned about Raven, the more I didn’t want to leave,” Slight said to American Theatre. “It felt good to make art in a place that supports new work the way Raven does.”

Slight brings a wealth of experience to her new role at Raven Theatre. As an ensemble member at Chicago’s Rivendell Theatre and a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Slight has had a hand in shaping new-play development workshops at prominent organizations such as Victory Gardens’ Ignition Festival, New Harmony Project, Phoenix Theatre, the Playwrights’ Center, and American Theater Company. Her diverse background also includes serving as 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 Theater.