THE STORY SO FAR
Hi there. I'm Sara, and I'm a director, teacher, and writer-about-theater, originally from the Blue Ridge foothills outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. I love big plays — expansive, wild-hearted stories with a sense of humor, a regard for the vast unknown, and a visceral, intrinsic need to be expressed on a stage and nowhere else. I also love bicycles, E. M. Forster, Russian lit and Victorian novels, vegetarian food, overalls and bandanas, and ridiculous British television. I live with my beloved partner, Beau, a writer of heartbreakingly beautiful fiction, and our chaos-muppet cat friend, Masha.
In 2016, I co-founded the theater company Tiltyard. It's a malleable, joy-seeking theater project with roots all up and down the east coast, and this summer (2022), we're headed to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!
In 2019 and 2020, I served as the Artistic Director of Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford, and from 2017–2019 I was the theater critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com. I'm also a Drama League Fellow, a graduate of the Acting Shakespeare Program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and the recipient of the 2016-2017 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.
Some recent (and less recent) directing projects include: Three Sisters at Two River Theater (a play I'd dreamed of directing for over a decade); a masked-and-socially-distanced As You Like It with the BFA Acting students at SUNY Purchase; Twelfth Night at Two River; The Merchant of Venice at Cleveland Play House; The Winter's Tale for Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford; Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors with Two River's A Little Shakespeare program; MIDSUMMER with Tiltyard; Deer and the Lovers by Emily Zemba; The Zero Scenario by Ryan Campbell; and The Master and Margarita, adapted by Edward Kemp from the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov. I also served as the Artistic Director of the 2015 Yale Summer Cabaret, where I directed the original production of MIDSUMMER and Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando. I hold a BA in Theater from Yale University and an MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama.
As a teacher, it means a great deal to me to imagine new possibilities for theater with rooms full of students of any age. My recent teaching includes courses (both in person and online) at Primary Stages' Einhorn School of the Performing Arts and with the MFA Acting program at the New School. In both the rehearsal room and the classroom, I strive for an ensemble ethos, characterized by the generosity, intellectual rigor, courageous physical storytelling vibrant visual worlds, and a spirit of joy, collaboration, and play.