Sarah commenced 2023 with a sell-out production of SUNDAY by Anthony Weigh, opening the season for the Melbourne Theatre Company starring Nikki Shiels. She also directed the recent production of Virginia Gay’s CYRANO for the MTC which toured to the Perth Festival, and STC’s critically acclaimed production of Joanna Murray-Smith’s new play JULIA which has sold out Sydney and Canberra seasons.
From 2012 – 2016 she was the Resident Director at the Sydney Theatre Company and from 2016 – 2020 she was the Associate Artistic Director at the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Sarah directed the world premiere of SWITZERLAND by Joanna Murray-Smith for STC in 2014 which was nominated for many awards including a Helpmann for Best Direction. In 2018 her production of THE CHILDREN won three Helpmann Awards including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Production. Her production of GOLDEN SHIELD by Anchuli Felicia King was nominated for 7 Greenroom Awards winning for Best Design.
For Melbourne Theatre Company, Sarah’s work includes: SUNDAY; CYRANO; THE SOUND INSIDE; HOME, I’M DARLING; COSI (with the Sydney Theatre Company); GOLDEN SHIELD; ARBUS & WEST; ASTROMAN; A DOLL’S HOUSE: PART 2; THE CHILDREN (with Sydney Theatre Company); THREE LITTLE WORDS and JOHN. As Resident Director at Sydney Theatre Company Sarah directed THE HANGING; DISGRACED; ORLANDO; BATTLE OF WATERLOO; SWITZERLAND; THE EFFECT; VERE (FAITH); THE SPLINTER and EDWARD GANT’S AMAZING FEATS OF LONELINESS. Sarah’s other directing credits include GRACE (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre); THE SUGAR HOUSE (Belvoir); THE SWEETEST THING; THE SMALL THINGS; ELLING and BLACK MILK (B Sharp Belvoir); VERTIGO AND THE VIRGINIA, THE SHELLING POINT; HILT and WHAT HAPPENED WAS… (Old Fitzroy Theatre). SCORCED at NIDA and EARTHQUAKES in London at VCA.
In 2014 Sarah was the recipient of the Gloria Payten Fellowship. She studied English Literature and Theatre at the University of NSW and the University of California San Diego and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Theatre Directing from the Victorian College of the Arts.
Sarah directed THE WEEKEND at Belvoir Street and SWITZERLAND at the Auckland Theatre Company in 2023. Her final production of the year was the critically acclaimed WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF at Red Stitch Theatre Company starring Kat Stewart and David Whiteley. She is currently enrolled in Masters of Screen Business at ATFRS.