One of the newest directors in Summit
Sarah Lann started performing when she was in the second grade and went on to graduate with a bachelors in fine arts in acting from Ithaca College. After living in New York City, she found herself concentrating more on the direction of the plays she was in rather than acting in them. So she earned a master’s degree in theater studies from Leeds University last spring, with a concentration in classical theater and directing. After taking a summer off to camp, hike and enjoy tall trees in her home state of Oregon, she moved to Frisco.DreamsThe regional theater scene is truly where some of the best work in the American Theatre is now taking place. Working for a strong, innovative Shakespeare Company, like Washington’s, Colorado’s or Oregon’s would be the most amazing artistic opportunity I could ever dream of.
Why direct?Theater gives me perspective – the way living out here does. What do you convey through art?I believe a director’s job is to serve the playwright to the best of her ability. When I direct, my goal is to tell the story of the play using my skills as an artist to interpret the playwright’s material as best I can. “The play’s the thing” is my philosophy. ChallengeIt is daunting, devoting oneself to something which is seen by so many as unnecessary. America’s National Endowment for the Arts has been slaughtered to the point of no return, and it is frightening to be embarking upon a career which is, according to the government, apparently not to be valued, either financially or inherently.
AccomplishmentWhile living in England, I adapted a Jacobean play into modern verse and then directed it. It was a surprise success, and I remember being blown away witnessing something I had created on paper be born all over again on the stage. It was amazing.Staying freshI love teaching, and there is nothing more inspiring than challenging students as actors – and to be challenged by them in return. I offer classes in acting through Colorado Mountain College’s Center of Life-long learning, and the evenings I spend with such diverse and dedicated groups of people keep me refreshed, hopeful and grateful for the good acting and theater we can do. Anything else?
Jeremy Cole gave me a great opportunity to direct this spring at the Backstage Theatre. I want to thank him and the Backstage Community for inviting me into their theater with open arms. Sarah Lann• Personality: Somewhere between extrovert and introvert• Create mostly: With others• Hours per week dedicated to art: It depends on the season, location, and the favors of the gods.• Favorite artist or mentor: My first drama teacher, (I was 7) Eileen Mejia• Sensitivity: 5
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