Sayan trained at Rose Bruford on the Community Theatre Arts Course and, after leaving, worked extensively as an actor and as a member of a feminist-comedy-music group, The Hot Doris Band, on the alternative cabaret circuit. She also holds a Masters in Playwriting from Birmingham University.
As a playwright she has been Nominated for The John Whiting Award, shortlisted for the Terrence Rattigan Award and the BBC Script Room, longlisted for The Bruntwood and The Papatango Prize, joint winner of the Capital New Writing Festival and is a recipient of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation Award.
As a composer Sayan has written a wide range of music, musicals and songs for over 30 productions including the musical Maggie May (Liverpool Royal Court 2018) Ostrich Boys (Original production, Birmingham Rep), Dinosaur Dreams (Unicorn – nominated for The Writers’ Guild Award for best play for Young People).
She is a member of the Mosaic Opera Collective, who came together in 2017 originally under the auspices of the Royal Opera House. Mosaic had a residency in 2018 at Grimeborn, where a short excerpt of Sayan’s new opera in development, Red Seed, was performed by the international soprano, Jessie Tse.