Sarah worked as an associate artist with Headlong between 2012 and 2016, curating a range of digital content around each of Headlong’s productions and investigating ways of using digital platforms to create live interactive experiences. Her work for Headlong included: Headlong's website, 1984 Digital Double, PRISM , The Nether Realm and What's She Like. She also set up a digital artist award to support artists experimenting with work in this area. The first recipient of the award was Chloe Mashiter in 2016.
Sarah originally became interested in theatre through acting. She was a member of Manchester Youth Theatre as a teenager. After school she studied English at Oxford and trained as an actress at Drama Centre. She worked as an actress in theatre and television until 2006. The highlight of her acting career was playing Jo March in the West End production Little Women (Duchess, 2004-2005).
Alongside her interest in acting, Sarah has always been a keen writer. In 2002-2003, she studied on the MPhil Playwriting Studies at Birmingham University. Her play S-27 won the 2007 Amnesty International Protect the Human Playwriting Competition, and was shortlisted for the King’s Cross Award and the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers. S-27 was produced at the Finborough Theatre (London), The Griffin Theatre (Sydney) and The Annex Theatre (Toronto). In 2011, Sarah was the winner of the OffWestEnd.com Adopt a Playwright Award for her play Smolensk. Sarah's work as playwright has been supported by the RSC, the National Theatre Studio, the Arts Council and the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.
Sarah holds a PhD in contemporary British playwriting from Queen Mary, University of London. Her research examines the use of new forms in contemporary British theatre and their political implications. Her book on political theatre, The Contemporary Political Play, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2017.
As a dramaturg, Sarah has worked for the Theatre 503, Soho Theatre and the Brighton Festival. She has written on theatre for the Guardian Theatre Blog and for academic journals including Contemporary Drama in English, Contemporary Theatre Review and New Theatre Quarterly. She has taught both performance practice and performance theory at Birkbeck, Kingston University, Mountview, Queen Mary and Reading University.
She is currently Lecturer in Writing for Theatre at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and leads their MA/MFA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media.