Sara originally read English at Manchester University, and later gained an
MA in Screenwriting at the London College of Printing. She is currently one of the Writers in Residence at the University of Brighton.
In 2013 – 4, she wrote and conceived a site specific large scale dance/theatre piece, Our Dancing Feet, performed in Brighton and Eastbourne ( touring in 2015/6) ; and in 2012 -13, she wrote a site specific about Newhaven, supported by a grant from the Arts Council, performed at Newhaven Fort on September 22nd 2012; and Non, co-written with French writer, Denis Baronnet, performed in Rome, 2013.
Her plays for theatre include:
- Head Over Heels for Oxfordshire Touring Theatre Company, researched
through intergenerational dance workshops;
- Fires in the Fields (Theatre and Beyond);
- A Special Relationship (York Theatre Royal, national tour)
- A Thousand Days Finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize 98/99;
- The Dark Room ( Triple Bill at Finborough), Time Out Critics’ Choice.
Her first screenplay, Dancing Girls, was selected for development
by Moonstone International in Norway.
She has a strong interest in working in participatory arts, and several years
experience writing, teaching and directing in education, health and criminal
justice settings, including work for Greenwich Young People’s Theatre and the
National Theatre Education Department. Most recently, she delivered the Education
Programme for The Cryptogram, Don Juan in Soho and Betrayal
at the Donmar Warehouse; a playwriting residency for New Writing South in a
Brighton primary school; and three arts-in-health residencies at St Christopher’s
Hospice. She is co-author of Making a Leap, a drama handbook for working
with young people ( Jessica Kingsley, 1999), and a mentor for All Ways Learning
and Cape UK.
She is also director of Inroads ( www.inroads.org.uk) currently managing and delivering the
Professional Development programme for artists for Creative Partnerships in
Hastings, including the new Creative Practice and Learning course for artists wanting to work in formal and informal education, accredited by the University of Brighton; also Belonging, a drama/writing/dance mentoring and research
project in three secondary schools in East Sussex; and Inset training for local schools.
She has also delivered training for the National Skills Academy through the Creative and Cultural Skills Sector Council; Brighton and Hove Children’s Festival; and for teachers through Creative Partnerships and New Writing South.
Sara has worked as a consultant for Ithaca, Spare Tyre and Clean Break
theatre companies, evaluating and reporting on their work. She has also
worked as a dramaturg on My Home for the London Bubble, and was Literary
Associate for Clean Break and Pop Up Theatre as well as a script reader
for the Red Room, New Writing South, Soho Theatre and Paines Plough, and
a judge for the Arts Council Children’s Theatre award.