Sarah is a Portland native, and having a Shakespeare professor (Lewis & Clark College) for a father provided early exposure to theatre and literature. As a tyke she was taken to Ashland every summer, and accompanied her parents many times to London and Stratford-Upon-Avon as an older -- and even more impressionable -- kid. After graduating from the University of Oregon, she began working locally and, in many ways, grew up as an actor at Artists Rep. Her first role here – before the wheel! -- was in The Artificial Jungle (where she worked for the first time with fellow Resident Artist, Vana O’Brien). Since then many satisfying roles and happy associations have followed, and it is particularly delightful to count many of those associations as fellow Resident Artists.
Recent roles at Artists Rep include both butlers in The Importance of Being Earnest; Sandra in Trevor; Ensemble in The Skin of Our Teeth, Louise in Ten Chimneys (Dámaso’s first show here in 2013). Sarah has also worked at Lake Oswego Theatre (God of Carnage and Noises Off), Profile Theatre (House of Blue Leaves), and at Portland Center Stage in (among other shows) a particularly memorable production of Gypsy (with Susannah Mars) which had its opening in the week following 9/11.
Sarah began teaching at the Portland Actors Conservatory in 1998, and has since taught acting, playwriting, script analysis and scene study at local high schools, as well as Portland Center Stage, and at Portland State University. With her teaching partner, Jane Geesman, she develops and leads acting workshops locally and in Canada for artists, as well as for attorneys and other business professionals. She also coaches privately for audition preparation and character development.
The mix of old friends and new, the high caliber of artistic and technical endeavor, the support and encouragement of top-notch human beings in every department of Artists Repertory Theatre makes for as wonderful an artistic home as any actor could hope for. It is a privilege to be part of this vital, thoughtful, and entertaining (in the best sense of the word!) organization.