photo credit: Dana Romanoff
Sara’s introduction to the world of storytelling came when she was cast in the title role of a kindergarten play, The Magic Letter E (cap to cape; mad to made). She has been engaged by words-in-space ever since. She was raised by an amazing single father who is also a child behavioral psychologist, so she was cultivated to be interested in why people do what they do, and to have empathy for everyone. Her approach to storytelling gravitates towards comedy with a lot of drama (or drama with a lot of comedy, depending how you view the world). She tends to create stories whose endings, while hopeful and always earned, do not wrap up everything in a neat bow. She is also known for cultivating meaty, complex, fun roles that actors really want to inhabit.
For camera, Sara's first two television writing credits aired simultaneously—same night, same time, different channels. Sara's script triumvirate was named "Best Un-produced Pilot" by Written By, the magazine of the Writers Guild of America, West. She also wrote and directed The Happiest Person In America, a short film starring Shiri Appleby, Michael Paul Chan, Dale Dickey, Liza Lapira, and Steve West. It won the Special Jury Prize at the Religion Today Film Festival (Trento, Italy), which noted its "lightness of touch" while addressing the weighty question of what it means to be "happy." The film has also been selected for the Los Angeles International Shorts Festival, Knoxville Film Festival, NewFilmmakers New York, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Seattle Asian American Film Festival, Ballston Spa Film Festival, DisOrient Film Festival, and Asians On Film. It continues to screen at cultural, corporate, and academic events, including the Critical Mixed Race Studies bi-annual national conference.
As a playwright and theater director, Sara's work has been seen throughout the country. Her play Tastes Like Teen Spirit! was selected for the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, a production she also directed. Her play The Sixth won the Indie Boots Theatre Festival and was a Finalist for the prestigious Heideman Award at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Her playwriting has also earned her the American Theatre Co-op Playwriting Prize and a Playwrights Circle Award, and semi-finalist status for the Princess Grace Award. Other companies showcasing her work as a playwright and theater director include Artists at Play, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Theatre of NOTE, The Blank Theatre Company, REDCAT/Moving Arts Theatre Company, Sacred Fools Theatre Company, Adaptive Arts, Manhattan Shakespeare Project, Box Wine Theater, the Marianne Murphy Women and Philanthropy Reading Series, WriteAct Repertory, and Little Black Dress Ink, among others.
Across her many happy theater experiences, Sara is proudest of her fundraiser production of The Sense Plays, which raised vital funds for P.S. ARTS, a Los Angeles nonprofit that places professional arts educators into underserved K-12 classrooms. Sara continues to support nonprofit organizations through her writing and directing, working with national leaders addressing issues ranging from K-12 eduction to cancer research.
Sara is a graduate of Dartmouth College, with Highest Honors. She majored in Mathematical Social Sciences—the intersection of qualitative and quantitative problem-solving—writing her honors thesis on voter behavior in U.S. Senate elections. She minored in Drama and also studied Religion at the University of Edinburgh; her culminating paper for that semester abroad was subsequently used as an academic text by the Religion Department back at Dartmouth College. Sara is also an alumnus of Directors Lab West and a proud union member of the Writers Guild of America.