Photo by Alexandra Vaccino
La liberazione di Ruggiero - La Mama Experimental Theater Club. 2019. Photo by Brian Long
Friends Can't Kiss - Web Series
Sarah Young is a critically acclaimed, Oregon raised, NYC based multi genre director of theatre, opera, and film. She is a proud 2019 MFA graduate of The New School for Drama.
Recent highlights include directing a reading at Cherry Lane Theatre, the opera La liberazione di Ruggiero at La Mama Experimental Theatre, a site specific world premier play called Baby Shower at a brewery in Brooklyn, and the the pilot of a brand new web series called Friends Can't Kiss.
Sarah's short film In Case We Get Found is currently enjoying a very successful film festival run including taking Best Narrative Short and Best Concept at the Frostbite International Indie Film Fest. Please visit it's page for more info.
Sadly her anticipated theater and opera 2020 productions are currently postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Sarah is taking this time to finish the post production work on a series of short films produced in 2019, and to develop her skills as a film editor by study in After Effects, Motion Graphics, and Post Production Sound.
The San Francisco Chronicle has called her work “enchanting” while the San Jose Mercury News praised it as “intimate and edgy”. Her productions explore explosive themes of power, religion, and the duality of human nature for both good and evil.
Recently Sarah directed a reading at Cherry Lane Theatre of a new play by Conlan Carter and a site specific workshop of a new play called Baby Shower by Peter Chansky at Wild East Brewery in Brooklyn. At the New School she directed Sueño by Jose Rivera for the New Visions Festival 2018 and the world premiere of Plain Brown Box by Conlan Carter for the New Voices Festival 2019. She also directed her original adaptations of Shakespeare’s King John, the popular novel Good Omens, and the world premiere of Bad by Conlan Carter.
Sarah also holds a Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory. In summer of 2019 she directed La liberazione di Ruggiero for the Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble at La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York City. She has directed operas throughout the United States for companies including The San Francisco Opera Guild, West Edge Opera, and Pittsburgh Festival Opera.
Sarah brings her passion for visual storytelling and unique blend of theatrical and musical training to create vivid and emotional films. In March 2019 she directed and edited a short film called Be A Man leading a team of both student and professional artists. Over the Summer of 2019 she produced and directed a series of short films to build her reel and hone her skills. In the Spring of 2020 Sarah has been engaged to direct episodes for two upcoming web series. For more information and to view her reel please visit the film page.
Sarah lives in New York with her husband Jason and two feisty cats named Ambrosius and Xena.