Sarah is originally from Butler, Pennsylvania and moved to London to pursue playwriting in 2009. Since then she has had her work produced and published internationally.
Sarah writes plays about theatrical worlds that look like our own but expose the absurdity and black comedy of human behaviour through a visceral, surreal and metaphorical register. Her work focuses on identity, feminism and the internal versus external. Alongside writing, Sarah works full-time as Head of Talent at the music-tech start up, ROLI.
WHAT’S ON: Armadillo at The Yard (30 May - 22 June 2019)
CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT: Our Name is Not John with director Sara Joyce (following reading at Old Vic Theatre as part of Old Vic 12), Human Suit (first written as part of The Yard’s First Drafts Festival), The Monica Lewinsky Project with director Debbie Hannan (Supported by MGC Futures Bursary)
FULL LENGTH THEATRE PRODUCTIONS: Mumburger (off the WALL productions, Carnegie Stage, American Premiere) Mumburger (Old Red Lion), Mumburger (The Archivist’s Gallery, Rough Hewn & Stephanie Koeniger Productions), Butter Brain: The Musical (Commission - Young and Talented, Theatre Royal Stratford East), Butter Brain (Commission - Young and Talented, Broadway Barking Theatre), Hot Dog (USA Premiere, Thinking Cap Theatre, Florida), Hot Dog (Descent/The Last Refuge, London)
SHORT PLAY PRODUCTIONS: Morphin (Miniaturists, Arcola Theatre), Big Body, Tiny Head (Short Audio Play Commission for Royal Court Theatre), Seal (Etch Theatre, Pleasance Theatre), Runt (Commission for Oxford School of Drama, Soho Theatre), Play 3/Tryptych (Commission for PLAY Theatre Company), Ice Cream (Little Pieces of Gold, Southwark Playhouse), Fox (Descent, The Southwark Playhouse, Little Pieces of Gold).
STAGED READINGS: Our Name is Not John (Old Vic Theatre, Old Vic 12), Human Suit (First Drafts, Yard Theatre), Armadillo (VAULT Festival, Poleroid Theatre), Spaghetti Ocean (Live Lunch Reading at Royal Court Theatre), Before You’re Fourteen (Skylines/Theatre Centre in Collaboration with Hampstead Theatre), Brother Husband (Soho Theatre, Departures Lounge), Egg (BBC, Finalist in BBC International Playwriting Competition, The Lyric Hammersmith)
PUBLICATIONS: Mumburger (Methuen Drama, Bloomsbury), Hot Dog (Playdead Press), Phyllis as part of Cultural Conversations: Works in Progress/Writers in the Making (Elfrig Publishing)
EDUCATION: BA in Theatre, BA in Film from Pennsylvania State University. MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.
WRITING GROUPS: Royal Court Summer, Studio & Young Writers Groups, Hampstead Theatre Associate Writer, Soho Young Writers Lab, Lyric Young Writers Programme. Sarah is also the founder of the writers collective Playdate which includes Isley Lynn, Vinay Patel, Stephen Laughton, Poppy Corbett, David Ralf and Chris Adams.
RADIO: Hashtag (Roundhouse Radio/Hampstead Theatre). Sarah is also the producer and host of the iTunes New and Noteworthy Podcast Kin.
ACADEMIC REFERENCES: HOT DOG is part of Pennsylvania State University's Women in Theatre and Advanced Playwriting syllabi. HOT DOG has also been taught as part of Arcadia University's Study Abroad Programme at Royal Holloway University by visiting lecturer, Poppy Corbett. Sarah has also taught playwriting masterclasses for the Old Vic Theatre, Arts Ed, Pennsylvania State University's Schreyer's Honour College and more.
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Sarah is a seasoned speaker on playwriting and feminism in the arts. Some of her engagements have included being featured on BBC'S Have Your Say, interviewing iO Tillett Wright at The Archivist's Gallery, her speech Girls Make Shit Happen at Hackney Picture House as part of the Bechdel Test Fest and being on a variety of panels.
FILM: You can see some of Sarah's short films here.
OTHER: Sarah works full-time as Head of Talent at the music-tech start up, ROLI.