On site at the UCSD power plant for a rehearsal of Cornerstone in the La Jolla Playhouse WoW Festival. Photo by Jim Carmody.

Sarah Elizabeth Wansley, Director & Artistic Leader

Sarah Elizabeth Wansley is a New York-based director, producer and educator. She develops new plays and musicals, as well as highly theatrical adaptations of classic works. Sarah is the Artistic Producer at Chautauqua Theater Company and was the inaugural recipient of the Cleveland Play House Artistic Directing Fellowship for Women.

Recent directing projects Egress by Melissa Crespo and Sarah Saltwick at Cleveland Play House, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. by Alice Birch at Dobama Theatre, The Seagull by Anton Chekhov with the CPH/Case Western MFA program, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare and The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey at Chautauqua Theater Company and Cry Eden at Access Theater (co-created with Patrick Barrett and Tommy Crawford). She has directed new work at The Flea Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre / Youngblood, the La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Festival, the McCarter Theatre's Youth Ink Festival, Luna Stage, and Pipeline Theatre Company.

She is a a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a 2018 Drama League Resident Artist, a 2015 Drama League Directing Fellow and a member of the 2011 Lincoln Center Director's Lab. Sarah received her MFA in Directing from UCSD under acclaimed Romanian director Gabor Tompa and a BA in English Literature from Columbia University (summa cum laude). She is an Adjunct Faculty member at Fordham University and a Teaching Artist with BAM, the Center for Arts Education and ArtsConnection. Upcoming projects include The Wolves at SUNY Purchase and The Amish Project at PlayMaker’s Repertory Company.