While I’m currently loving the hustle and bustle of NYC, I’m originally from Bucks County PA. As an only child, I gained the nickname Sarah Bernhardt at a very young age. I first discovered acting through a summer camp and a local children’s musical theater troupe. I continued o act in school plays and local workshops throughout my childhood. However, most of my experience in high school was behind the scenes. At Council Rock North I learned to build sets, hang and focus lights, program and run the lighting and sound boards as well as dramaturgy, properties and costuming roles as well. I entered Oberlin College with the intention of studying Creative writing and Gender and Women studies. I planned to work on student productions as a stage hand or run crew, and perhaps get a job in the theater department’s scene shop. While I did continue my work on theater productions behind the scenes, I also began auditioning for various productions as well. Over my four years at Oberlin College I was able to act and dance in both theater directed and department sponsored productions. I also worked as a construction hand in Oberlin’s theater and opera main stage scene shop, designed several sets, served as the technical director for several shows and worked on run crew and costume crew for several mainstage productions.

I applied to be a senior theater honors candidate with an original one woman show I wrote about drug addiction. The piece used dance and movement as well as original music to tell the individual story of a young girl in the 70s. The piece was part of my senior honors thesis and allowed me to incorporate my love for acting, writing, dance, and design.

Along with this piece I also began to work with Oberlin’s Center for Leadership in Health Promotion as a member of their theater outreach committee. Through this position I designed and facilitated educational outreach programs and workshops for college and community members. Oberlin’s CLHP also sponsored me in the creation and facilitation of an after school theater program at Southview Highschool. I worked with a group of sophomore female students at the school. Together, we created and performed an original piece about being a girl in high school and covered topics such as grades, dating, alcohol and drugs, sex, stress and the transition from middle school to high school. I graduated with honors from Oberlin College and received the Nash Drama Award as well.

After moving back to Pennsylvania, I auditioned for the Irondale Theater ensemble in Brooklyn and was given the position of their acting intern for the 2009-2010 season. With Irondale I have been teaching at Bushwick Leaders High School for the ’09 academic year. I have worked in ELA and ESL classes and worked to incorporate Irondale’s mission and theater skills into the context of the existing academic curriculum. It was with Irondale that I also made my NYC off-broadway debut. In January of ’10 I appeared in the ensemble’s original installation of alice, Alice, ALICE.

I am currently living in Manhattan and working on several original pieces, including an upcoming performance of “The Sky is Melting” through Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival.

I’m constantly looking for ways to bring my dance, art, music, design writing and acting together and there is no more inspiring place to be than NYC for that!


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