"Fort's smooth direction, the actors' turn-on-a-dime timing, and a sound and lighting design that subtly signals shifts of time and place make for a fluent, sometimes poetic experience."
-San Diego Union-Tribune
Atlanta based, New York City native
Lydia Fort has directed at Cygnet Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, Women’s Project Theatre, Women Center Stage, Urban Stages, McCarter Theatre YouthInk! Festival, New Federal Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, freeFall Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Planet Connections Festivity (where she was honored with the 2103 Best Director and Greener Planet Awards) as well as other festivals including the New Black Fest, 48 Hours in Harlem, Fire This Time Festival, and SheWrites. She was a Time Warner Foundation Fellow of the 2012-2014 Lab at Women’s Project Theater, a TCG New Generations Future Leaders Grantee, New York Theatre Workshop Directing Fellow, and Drama League Directing Fellow. Lydia received a BA from New York University and an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington. She is an Assistant Professor at Emory University where she teaches directing, acting, African American theatre, and eco-theatre.
Nina Simone: Four Women by Christina Ham
February 2019 at Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Jump by Charley Evon Simpson
June 2019 at Actors Express, Atlanta, GA
Bright Half Life
By Tanya Barfield
"Credit...Lydia Fort, that this nonlinear drama feels so moving at the close. Fort's smooth direction, the actors' turn-on-a-dime timing, and a sound and lighting design that subtly signals shifts of time and place make for a fluent, sometimes poetic experience." -San Diego Union-Tribune
365 Days 365 Plays, Weeks 39-43
by Suzan-Lori Parks
"Lydia Fort managed everything from blacksploitation superheroes ("From The Absolutely True Adventures of Afrodite Jackson-Jones) to metafiction ("Bear") to their striking scene of a horde of actors crawling, with meticulous control, across a stage ("A Search for the Meaning of Life")." -Show Showdown