About

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

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 Associate at Chautauqua Theater Company. Recent directing projects include Cry Eden at Access Theater (co-created with playwright Patrick Barrett and Drama-Desk nominated composer Tommy Crawford), Out at Sea by Slawomir Mrozek at the Drama League's Directorfest, PlayGround an evening of new plays at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Godspell at Fordham University and Outer Banks by Stephen Foglia at Signature Theatre (Columbia Stages). She has directed new work at The Flea Theater, EST / Youngblood, the La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Festival, the McCarter Theatre's Youth Ink Festival, Luna Stage, and Pipeline Theatre Company. She has worked as an assistant director for Jackson Gay, Laura Kepley, Kate Whoriskey, Andrei Belgrader, Roger Rees, Rebecca Taichman, Tina Landau and Emily Mann. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a 2015 Drama League Directing Fellow and a member of the 2011 Lincoln Center Director's Lab. This year Sarah is a resident artist at Access Theater, where she is developing new plays by Kristin Idaszak, Patrick Barrett, Jess Kahkoska and Tommy Crawford. 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 and the Center for Arts Education.