Sarah believes in powerful, transformative storytelling through radical empathy and curiosity.
Drawn by difficult and topical subjects, Sarah is an award winning director, writer, and filmmaker. She invites her audience to step outside themselves through character driven stories, centered around the fight to recognize the humanity in us all.
Sarah's first short film In Case We Get Found (2021) was inspired by her father's experience as a survivor of the Umpqua Community College mass shooting in 2015. Intimate and tense, the film follows three strangers trapped together during a mass shooting event and the unexpected conversation they have. The film won multiple awards including the Audience Award for Suspense at the McMinnville Short Film Fest. Her web series pilot Friends Can't Kiss follows two queer couples struggling to understand their place in a heteronormative NYC and launched in Summer of 2021. It is screening throughout the U.S including Reeling Film Fest Chicago, Palm Springs Diverse Cinema (Winner - Audience Award) and the Miami Web Fest (Nominated - Best Director Pilot).
Her most recent short film Counting tells the story of Em, a young actress whose struggles with severe OCD threaten to derail everything she has worked for. Counting was a selection of the Festival De Cannes Short Film Corner, nominated for Best Drama at McMinnville Short Film Festival and Won Best Dramatic Short at the FLOW Film Festival. It is in contract to appear on Amazon Prime coming Spring 2023.
Sarah's background is in opera and theatre directing.
Recent highlights include directing a reading at Cherry Lane Theatre, the opera La liberazione di Ruggiero at La Mama Experimental Theatre, and a site specific world premier play called Baby Shower at a brewery in Brooklyn. She has directed operas throughout the United States for companies including The San Francisco Opera Guild, West Edge Opera, and Pittsburgh Festival Opera.
MFA Directing The New School for Drama 2019
MM San Francisco Conservatory of Music 2012
Sarah produces and edits the Youtube Channel PC Builder which she took from 0 to 280,000+ subscribers.
Sarah Young - Bridgeport Film Festival 2022
Sarah on the set of The Well. January 2022.
Director Sarah Young and Actor/Writer Tori Ernst at Greenwich Short Film Festival for their short film Counting in 2022.