Aileen Lambert

Aileen Lambert is the Program Manager, Campus Free Speech at PEN America. She comes to her role with experiences in higher education DEI and theatre administration. Prior to PEN, Aileen oversaw LGBTQIA+ Programs and Initiatives at the University of Mississippi. Previously, she spent six years working in the New York non-profit theatre industry as the literary manager for the Williamstown Theatre Festival as one of the producers for the 2020 Audible recordings of Shakina Nayfack’s Chonburi International Hotel & Butterfly Club, and Pulitzer Prize winner Sanaz Toossi’s Wish You Were Here. She supported new work by Jen Silverman, Halley Feiffer, Sylvia Khoury, Adam Rapp, Harrison David Rivers, and many others. She has also held positions at Vineyard Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, and The Juilliard School, and is a reader for Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Lambert’s background in theater and the arts informs how she wrestles with the questions of how to engage, how to advocate, and how to disagree in contemporary society. Lambert holds a BA with honors from Wesleyan University.