Sarah has worked across the arts, creative industries + transformation for over 11 years, collaborating nationally + internationally. At 21 she was award the Royal Shakespeare Company award for Direction, Sunday Times Playwright award + 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 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.
Received commissions from + collaborated with 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. Festivals include Secret Garden Party, Latitude, Freedom Festival, Little Fest, The Big Malarky, Edinburgh Fringe, Humber Street Sesh, NozStock & Substance.
Graduating from University of Hull in 2010 (BA Theatre & Drama), Sarah founded an award winning live arts + theatre company + creative community ParkBench, whilst continuing to develop her own practice + work nationally. She directed Hull artist development programme + explorative innovation platform for theatre makers at Hull Truck. Bringing together artists from different forms + regions to the city to explore new processes of making, whilst giving emerging makers professional platforms to share + develop their work. Sarah co founded Assemble Fest + was Creative Director of ArtsFest Goole 2016 whilst leading the charity’s "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 on of the first Associate Artists 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.
“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”.
Facilitated 2420 workshops, performed in 33 countries, blind folded audiences, played games of truth or dare in shopping centres + regularly hosts music parties in her kitchen + on her street.
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, cliff top, a Hull bus + theatre rooftop, a boat, stage + screen.
Missions take Sarah beyond the arts world. Working with public services, international events, national charities, spaces, business, individuals, groups, enterprises, education, tech hubs + venues. Rooted in performing arts + live play as powerful tools for change, development, creativity, connectivity, collaboration & transformation - personally, corporately, culturally and creatively.