Sarah makes live experiences, inter disciplinary spaces + adventures that play.

Elliot Mann

Elliot Mann

Performing Artist / Director / Practitioner / Producer / Musician


Strategically designing + producing creative projects, live events, artistic collaborations + workshops that cross forms + break boundaries whilst cultivating community. Sarah works with people, places, teams, spaces, businesses, projects, artists + cities.


With purpose.


“Sarah is an artistic force. The range, energy and quality of the work she delivered was astonishing. Her joy in directing was palpable. Exceptional - innovative, challenging and very effective.”

Director, Castaway Goole

By Elliot Mann

By Elliot Mann


Fusing industries, Sarah applies the transformative power, art, tools + principles of “play” across business + innovation, education + development, inter connected health, creative function, work spaces, personal development + performance, disruption, urban regeneration + city design.

Specialising in the devising mechanisms, creative processes, interdisciplinary experiences + participatory live events. Her projects, national + local collaborations aim to make generative impact towards a healthier, inter connected + sustainable cultures.

Sarah is a multitalented ideas woman - a force of energy with a passion for the transformative power of the arts. A hugely inspiring and engaging collaborator, with boundless creative skill, vision, ambition and belief in people. She works with a high degree of professionalism, dedication and integrity.
— Anna Webb, Director Engine Room CIC
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  • Royal Shakespeare Company, Goodbody award for Directing / 2010

  • The Sunday Times Playwright Award / 2010

  • Theatre Innovation, NSDF / 2010

  • St Hugh's Foundation for Excellence in the North / 2012

  • REYTA Remarkable Passion for the Arts Finalist Arts Fest / 2017

  • Royal Television Society Award Winner with Slung Low Professional Excellence: Drama & Comedy Production / 2018

A contagious confidence - it’s clear Sarah has been doing this for a long time. Sarah’s work combines the tools for people + places in inventive ways for how we live, innovate, work, play, grow, learn, challenge, change, think, connect + thrive.
— University of Hull
HERE Casting on Humber epitomised everything that the Hull City of Culture 17 should be. It had soul. It had a point. It was inclusive. It was uplifting. It cared.

It was comfortably one of the best & most memorable events I attended in the UK City of Culture year 2017.
— Craig Lazenby

On a mission to bring new life + innovation to regenerating cities, work places, leaders, communities + cultures whilst responding to a rapidly evolving world, Sarah’s practice + projects moves things into new territory.

Working for over 11 years with a multi disciplinary approach, Sarah combines forms, experiential techniques + principles found in her roots of live arts, theatre, interactive + immersive performance, improvisation + music in a personal + accessible way.

Sarah is Artistic Director + founder of an award winning live arts + theatre company ParkBench.

Sarah sometimes makes things with PlayClub. A co creative agency, innovation house + pioneering community. Passionate about redefining + transforming spaces, community + play for our times with, in + for cities.

What we unlock in the art, ecology + limitless possibilities found in play is powerful. It’s time to get good at improvising again as cities. Making space for play is our most valuable weapon + armour for tomorrow, transforming the DNA of our people, work + places.