Sarah Whitney (Associate Director) graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Performance Studies, studying directing under Frank Galati. After graduation, she worked as the General Manager of Wagon Wheel Theatre, an 800-seat theater in Warsaw, Indiana.
There she produced numerous summer stock productions, and in the winter, country and pop concerts.
She became one of the founding members of the Warsaw Civic Theatre, where she directed, taught, acted, and designed several shows including Rogers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, PLAZA SUITE, and GODSPELL.
She moved back to Chicago and worked as the Assistant Director of Operations and Ticket Services at the Goodman Theatre managing the front of house responsibilities. Sarah was an Assistant Director and/or Dramaturg for several Chicago theater companies, including Northlight, Next, Apple Tree, and Live Bait. She also developed and taught classes for Northlight Theatre and Whimsy City, a non-profit outreach program for underprivileged kids.
With great pride, Sarah has had the opportunity to direct her mother, Ann Whitney, in THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, for two different theaters, Wagon Wheel Theatre in Indiana and American Theater Company in Chicago.
Throughout her career, Sarah has developed and directed new work. She directed staged readings and/or workshopped original plays for Chicago Dramatists, Women’s Theatre Alliance, The Playwrights Collective New Plays Festival, Stage Left LeapFest, Stone Soup Collective, A.E. Hotchner Workshop, as well as collaborating with individual writers. She was the Resident Director for Chicago Writers Bloc for three years, directing their annual play festival, and casting, and directing table readings of new plays each month. Two of new plays she directed in Chicago were OUT AMONG THE DRAGONS and DOWN AND OUT IN AMERICA.
In St. Louis Sarah has directed Joe Hanrahan in a series of solo shows: ST. NICHOLAS, CUL-DE-SAC, THE GOOD THIEF, GIVE ‘EM HELL, HARRY, APOLOGY/FAUSTUS, MISTAKES WERE MADE, SOLEMN MOCKERIES, and TITLE AND DEED.
Also in St. Louis, Sarah directed BUS STOP for St. Louis University. And for the critically-acclaimed The Orange Girls she directed THE ROAD TO MECCA.
For the first St. Louis Fringe Festival she wrote and directed an original children's piece, ALL EARS, based on Greek Mythology. She also directed (T)RUMPLESTILSKIN) and HOUSE for the Fringe. And she was privileged to direct THE TWO-CHARACTER PLAY for the first Tennessee Williams Festival in St. Louis.
Back in Chicago Sarah co-produced and directed the world premiere of BLUE OVER YOU – A MYSTERIOUS ONE-MAN LOVE STORY WITH MUSICAL BITS.