Sade' May

Director - Assistant Director

Chicago based Theatre Director and Filmmaker, bringing stories to life through the art of visual storytelling.

Being a Black theatre director is a powerful and transformative role. It involves using the stage as a platform to challenge societal norms, dismantle stereotypes, and amplify the voices of marginalized communities. As a theatre director, one has the opportunity to bring to life stories that have been historically ignored or misrepresented. It requires a deep understanding of the nuances of culture, history, and experiences, and the ability to translate them into compelling and thought-provoking performances. The role also comes with its challenges, as systemic racism and biases can often limit opportunities and resources for Black theatre directors. However, the resilience and determination of a director can create spaces for artists to thrive, inspire change, and contribute to the diversification of the theatrical landscape.


Once On This Island

Director for a Den Theatre production of 'Once On This Island', by Lynn Ahrens. Den Theatre. Wicker Park, Chicago, IL. November 2022.

Broadway in Chicago IHSMTA Best Ensemble Winner

Broadway in Chicago IHSMTA Best Director Nominee

Sister Act

Director for Metropolis Performing Arts Centre's production of 'Sister Act', by Bill Steinkellner and Cheri Steinkellner MPAC. Arlington Heights, IL. July 2022.

Bring It On: The Musical

Director for TF North High School production of 'Bring It On: The Musical', by Amanda Green. Thornton Fractional North. Calumet City, IL. November 2021.

Legally Blonde

Assistant Director for The Beverly Theatre Guild's production of 'Legally Blonde', by Heather Hach. Baer Theatre. Chicago, IL. March 2022


Wrote and Directed a short film set in the 1980s and centered around a repressed Black woman, exploring themes of gender and sexuality.


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