Based in Philadelphia, I am a director and producer who believes in theatre's most basic functions to foster human connection and ignite change.
I want to get people off of their cellphones and out of themselves to see each other and recognize our shared humanity. I want to create theatre that makes people think - deeper than their next Facebook post or Instagram photo. I want to show them they are complicit in the problems we face and make them grapple with finding a solution.
I am most inspired by theatre that not only encourages people to think deeply, but also pushes against the definitions of “theatre” and “play.”
I have developed an aesthetic that centers on finding the most “simple, graceful solution.” This does not imply that minimalism is always best or that high-concept design and special effects are not sometimes the better approach. But rather, I strip a moment to its most vital elements, investigating each additional decision to make certain it serves the play and fits within the theatrical language set up by the artistic team and myself. This results in a rigorous attention to detail and clarity of storytelling. It leads to wise use of resources and productions that feel fully realized and intentional. It allows the text to breathe and speak for itself and encourages audience members to use their imaginations, making them fellow collaborators in the artistic process.
Sarah is the Artistic Assistant at the Arden Theatre Company. In Philadelphia, she has directed It's a Match at University of the Arts, Trigger Warning by Iris Dauterman for Philly Fringe, and two years of apprentice showcases at the Arden. Her DC/Baltimore credits include Leveling Up with Interrobang Theatre (Best of Charm City Fringe), The Metal Children at Silver Spring Stage (numerous DCMTA honors & WATCH nominations), Red/Lines, with Light Switch Dance Theatre, The Real World: Kabul at Capital Fringe, [title of show] with purple light theatre company, and a staged reading of Dancing Lessons at Olney Theatre Center. Her work has also been seen at ReVamp Collective, Source Festival, the DC One Minute Play Festival, and Rorschach Theatre's Klecksography. Her other directing credits include: The Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers at Kitchen Theatre, Mr. Bundy, and The Best Laid Plans.
She has assistant directed at numerous theatres throughout the Northeast and completed an SDCF Observership with Michael Wilson on The Trip to Bountiful at Center Theatre Group. She has worked in a variety of capacities for Round House Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Capital Fringe, Clubbed Thumb, Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theater, Kitchen Theatre (Ithaca), Hangar Theatre, The Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival (Provincetown), none too fragile (Akron, OH), and more.
Sarah is an Associate Member of SDC and an alumna of The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's National Theatre Institute, The Gaiety School of Acting, and Messiah College.