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 grumpy cat friend, Henry.
In 2016, I co-founded the theater company Tiltyard in Brooklyn. As with so many theatrical projects, it's currently hibernating, but I look forward to re-awakening it in a new form sometime in the near future. 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.
My recent directing projects include Twelfth Night at Two River Theater; 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 Theater's A Little Shakespeare program; MIDSUMMER (an original reinterpretation/riff which I co-adapted with Rachel Carpman from all 37+ of Shakespeare's plays) 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, I love working with students from elementary to graduate school and beyond. 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 rigorous and dynamic use of language; courageous physical storytelling; vibrant visual worlds; and a spirit of joy, collaboration, and play.