Sarah has worked across the arts, creative industries & transformation for over 10 years, collaborating nationally and internationally. At 21 she was award the Royal Shakespeare Company award for Direction, Sunday Times Playwright award and Innovation in theatre award 2010. In 2012, she was awarded St Hugh's Foundation award recognising high quality arts & multidisciplinary practice in the North East of England, finalist for VHEY Remarkable Passion for Culture & Arts Award 2017 & was invited to speak at TEDx. Sarah recently worked with Slung Low & BBC on FLOOD by James Philips; Royal Television Society Award winner 2018.
Sarah has worked closely with Slung Low, Hull Truck, Engine Room Theatre, Paines Plough, Opera North, York Theatre Royal, Castaway Goole Music Theatre (Queens Award), Greyscale, Common Ground Theatre, IOU, Flanagan Collective, Target English International, Tessa Walker, Hull Minster, Hull School of Drama, Music and Screen, Paines Plough, Riding Lights, York Theatre Royal, Hull City Council, C4DI, Centre for Digital Innovation & SofarSounds.
Devising & delivering strategic inventions & tailored experiences across industries. Inc commissions from Wellcome Trust, University of Hull, Arts Council’s England’s People and Places, Hull Truck Theatre, Hull City of Culture 2017, Ron Dearing UTC, FEO , Bishop Grosseteste University, C4DI.
Graduating from University of Hull in 2010 (BA Theatre & Drama), Sarah founded award winning live arts company & creative community ParkBench, whilst continuing to develop her own practice collaboration extensively across the country. She produced & directed Hull's first regional artist development programme & explorative platform bringing together artists from different forms & cities to Hull to explore new processes. Sarah Co founded Assemble Fest & was Creative Director of ArtsFest Goole 2016 helped re launch the charity Castaway & the regions "Be Inspired Discover More" campaign (REYTA finalist 2017).
Sarah was the youngest Tutor/Lecturer at the Hull School of Drama Music and Screen 2014 teaching Writing & New Work, Process & Applied Drama before becoming the first Associate Artist of the City's University.
Sarah works with a multi disciplinary approach, combining forms, techniques and principles found in the arts, interactive performance, immersive theatre, improvisation, music, & creative processes. She makes experiences inside, outside and in between spaces.
Harnessing the power, art & science of "play" and experiential engagement techniques she combines tools for breakthrough for people & places in inventive ways for how we live, innovate, work, play, grow, learn, challenge, think, connect & thrive.
Sarah has performed on the Humber Bridge, Battersea Power Station, a chip shop in Yorkshire, the International Shakespeare Festival, London’s West End, to Sydney Opera House, a pool and cliff top, a Hull bus and theatre rooftop, a boat, stage and screen.
She has lead over 2420 workshops, performed in 33 countries, blind folded audiences, played games of truth or dare in shopping centres and regularly hosts music parties to cultivate community on her street.
"Sarah works experientially, holistically, generously and expansively. She values authenticity".
Missions take Sarah beyond the arts world - she is a change maker and catalyst for cultural health. She has worked with public services, forward thinking industries, communities, international events, national charities, spaces, business, individuals, groups, enterprises, education and venues. Rooted in performing arts and live play as powerful tools for change, development, creativity, connectivity, collaboration & transformation - personally, corporately, culturally and creatively.
Making things happen where people play, work, rest and live beyond the stage.
Sarah is currently on a mission in Hull, Yorkshire, UK City of Culture 2017.