Sadie Epstein-Fine (they/them) is a second generation queer artist and activist. They work as a theatre director, choreographer, playwright and creator (who dabbles in dramaturgy and stage combat) as well as an editor and non-fiction writer. Their work seeks to shed light on marginalized voices through collaborative work and intimate, immersive and cross-disciplinary performance.
Sadie was the intern Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre from 2017-2019, and continues to work with the company in an artistic capacity, most recently directing Nightwood's 2019 Lawyer Show, Mamma Mia and a reading in the 2019 Groundswell Festival (The Stray Sheep Cabaret by Catt Filipov).
In spring 2019 Sadie, alongside their co-creator Bilal Baig, wrote, directed and choreographed Eraser, an immersive, physical theatre experience for Grade 6 students. Eraser premiered at Why Not Theatre's 2019 Riser Project and is going on to have a next life in association with Theatre Direct. Eraser was nominated for five Dora Awards in the Theatre for Young Audience category: Outstanding Production, New Play, Direction, Ensemble and Design.
Sadie frequently creates theatre in non-traditional performance venues. Some of these productions include: SCAT (director/playwright/choreographer) about the histories of women, queer and trans people in bathrooms, performed in the bathrooms of the Queen West Community Health Centre; Tire Swing (director) about a young boy who goes missing in the forest and how his friends cope with his disappearance, performed in a basement in Kensington Market; the original production of Eraser performed in Westside Montessori School.
In 2018 Sadie, with co-editor Makeda Zook, published Spawning Generations: Rants and Reflections on Growing Up with LGBTQ+ Parents with Demeter Press. Spawning Generations is entirely written and edited by queerspawn (people who have LGBTQ+ Parents). Spawning Generations was nominated for the 2019 LAMBDA Literary Awards in the Anthology category and the 2019 Forward Indies Awards in both the LGBT Non-Fiction and Anthology categories.
Photo: Sam Gaetz