As a creator, it is my most audacious hope to save the world through art. When I say "save the world", I don't mean rid it of all it's problems, sorrows, and suffering. Though I can fantasize what a world without those things might look like, I fully understand the impossibility of Utopia. What I mean is this:
There are, between the problems, sorrows, and suffering, multitudes of utterly brilliant and breathtakingly beautiful moments of humanity to experience. We have all felt them. We have all helped create them.
I want to save those moments. I want to write them down, capture them, play them over again, act on them, share them with the people who weren't there, create new ones, use them as a reminder and a teacher for the way forward.
I also mean that I want to create a space for many worlds to be safe in art; a space for marginalized voices to rise and be recognized and work for audiences as diverse as our world is to identify with. Safe the world through art.
The most spectacular moments of my life in art-making have been because of the global connections art is capable of creating. In art there are no borders. From my queer film being periscoped from a festival in Melbourne to Russia to producing theater and performance in Zimbabwe against the better efforts of the censors, I have experienced audiences and artists come together against the most extraordinary odds because of a desire to share our humanity with one another.
The world is getting smaller every day, and yet, without a carrier for meaningful connections, curiosity gets overrun by fear, creating what feel like irreparable rifts between us. But if we believe in the collective unconscious - and I do - then all we need is a reminder of everything that makes us similar, despite our differences. I think art is that reminder. It is our carrier for curiosity. Save this moment of kindness, that time we were in love, that feeling of being found, save that moment you felt like you were not alone. Save the world.
"O brave new world that has such people in it!"
- william shakespeare
Sarah is an award-winning writer, producer and actor who grew up moving around the world and is now based in New York City. Her feature That’s Not Us played at over 35 festivals and was released as a Netflix exclusive through Strand Releasing. She previously collaborated as an actor and associate producer on Percival’s Big Night and Jane Wants A Boyfriend, currently playing on Showtime. A life-long Third Culture Kid, Sarah has continued to travel and puts global art-making at the forefront of her artistry. She has produced work in New York, Oslo, London, New Orleans and served as associate producer for the Harare International Festival of The Arts in Zimbabwe. She worked in development with The Spangler Group - a film, television and theater production company currently developing Happy Trails, a Broadway-bound musical written by Oscar and Tony award winner Marshall Brickman and composed by Oscar winner T Bone Burnett. Sarah also stars in and produced The Ring Thing, a documentary-narrative hybrid about same-gender marriage has been acquired by Gravitas Ventures and is currently on the festival circuit. Most recently, she produced Bite Me, a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her. The film is currently in post-production.
Sarah has written for Backstage Magazine, The Huffington Post, and is a contributing creator of Rocco, Chelsea, Adriana, Sean, Claudia, Gianna, Alex - a play about the polarization of America.
Sarah is Executive Director of The Private Theatre - a non-profit theatre company dedicated to creating new work in new ways.