A (not so) long time ago in a galaxy (not so) far away, Sara was a teenaged geek. She devoured science fiction and fantasy, dreaming of riding dragons and working on the Enterprise. Eventually she realized those jobs were not real, and that studying computer science would not beam her into the Star Trek universe.
At twenty, she dropped out of a graduate program in astrobiology while writing her first television script, a never-produced spec for the edgy sci-fi show Lexx. She discovered to her delight that dialogue came quickly and naturally to her. The next while found her pursuing a new-found passion for drama, having fun with theatre students at the University of Washington and studying acting at Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio in Seattle before returning to her hometown of Winnipeg.
In Winnipeg, Sara kept her dream alive, studying acting at the University of Winnipeg, playwriting at Prairie Theatre Exchange, and television writing through Film Training Manitoba.
In 2002/2003 and 2003/2004, Sara was selected to participate in the Young Emerging Playwrights Program, a professional mentorship through Manitoba Association of Playwrights and Prairie Theatre Exchange. She worked one-on-one with playwright Brian Drader, and her first two theatre scripts, Jerusalem Girls and The Story of Deborah were given professional public readings in the Carol Shields Festival of New Works.
In 2004, Sara was a recipient of a Winnipeg Arts Council grant to work on The Story of Deborah, which premiered as part of Sarasvati Productions’s FemFest 2004: Stories By Women For Everyone. That year, she also studied television writing with Yan Moore (Degrassi Junior High) and Stephanie Kostiuk, penning a hypothetical episode of the teen sci-fi show 2030 CE and creating her own original television series concept and bible, a “green” dramedy called Going Granola.
In 2006, Sara earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (Acting major) from the University of Winnipeg, winning the Gold Medal for best achievement in the Theatre and Film General Program.
Since then, she has practiced and honed her craft. In 2007, she wrote, researched and performed a historical monologue as the character of Margaret Scott, the “Florence Nightingale of Winnipeg”, as part of a tour of the old Vaughan Street Jail. That year she also experimented with edgy, sexy comedy, a play called Saving Sam which was workshopped privately at MAP. In 2009, she co-wrote and acted in several episodes of the radio drama At the Monarch’s Convenience on CKUW, as well as completing a first draft pilot script for Going Granola. In 2010, she wrote and directed her first short film, a comedy called A Question of Taste. In 2011, she produced and directed her family drama Tea In The Afternoon for ACT Fest in Winkler, Manitoba.
Since summer 2011, Sara has been writing and rewriting her most ambitious stage play yet, a full-length science fiction tragedy called Progenitor. She gave a sneak peak of the opening monologue as part of Merlyn Productions’s Dramatic Showcase 2011, and had her first public reading at MAP’s Open Door in December 2012.
In Fall 2011, Sara wrote her first feature film script, Turtles, in a Winnipeg Film Group workshop taught by Danishka Esterhazy (Red Czarina Productions).
In 2012/2013, Sara was a Teaching Assistant at Manitoba Theatre For Young People (MTYP), where she co-wrote a reality-TV-style script called Detention, for Heather Madill Jordan’s drama class.
Since 2014, several of Sara’s pieces have been given productions or staged readings. In 2014, her monologue Teen Trucker was produced for Sarasvati Productions’s International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues. In 2015, an excerpt from her one-act play Identity Theft was given a staged reading at FemFest. And in March 2016, Sara’s family drama The Boy Genius was read by professional actors as part of Winnipeg Jewish Theatre’s So Nu? A Festival of New Winnipeg Jewish Plays.
Sara hasn’t been on a spaceship (yet), and it would probably make her motion sick, but she has certainly traveled into the human heart.