Current Resume

SARAH ELIZABETH WANSLEY

EDUCATION & TRAINING

University of California, San Diego, Master of Fine Arts, Directing (2015)         
Advisor: Gabor Tompa, Artistic Director Hungarian Theatre of Cluj

Columbia University, Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude (2008)                                       
Major: English and Comparative Literature (focus on dramatic literature); Elected to Phi Beta Kappa (top 2% of class)

Drama League Directing Fellow, Fall Directing Fellow 2015

Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Member 2011
 

DIRECTING

2017 Outer Banks by Stephen Foglia, Signature Theatre (Columbia Stages) 

2017 Curtains by Amanda Sage Comerford, Luna Stage

2016 CRY EDEN by Patrick Barrett, music and lyrics by Tommy Crawford, Access Theater

2016 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare, Alchemical Theatre (Classical Theatre Collective)

2016 BEV by Gina Femia, EST / Youngblood (Asking for Trouble)

2016 THE GAME OF LOST THINGS by Jessica Fleitman, Burrows Theater (NYU Tisch)

2016 LEFT OF CENTER by Ife Olujobi, Burrows Theater (NYU Tisch)

2016 IN JUST A WHISTLE by Callan Stout Nuyorian Poets Cafe (Pipeline Theater Company) 

2015 OUT AT SEA by Slawomir Mrozek, TBG Theater (Drama League Directorfest)

2015 THE BAD GERMAN by Tessa Keimes-Kim, New York International Fringe Festival

2014 THE BURIAL AT THEBES by Seamus Heaney, Univ. of California, San Diego

2014 DELUGE OR, THE PANDA PLAY by Kristin Idaszak, Univ. of California, San Diego (Wagner New Play Festival)

2014 RADIANCE (A WITCH HUNT) by Kristin Idaszak, IDEAS Residency, CAL IT2 (workshop)

2013 DRUMS IN THE NIGHT by Bertolt Brecht, Univ. of California, San Diego

2013 CORNERSTONE by David Jacobi, La Jolla Playhouse (Without Walls Festival)

2013 EX MACHINA by David Jacobi, New York International Fringe Festival

2013 EX MACHINA by David Jacobi, Univ. of California, San Diego (Wagner New Play Festival)

2012 WOYZECK by Georg Buchner (translated by Sarah Wansley), Access Theater (Aporia Theater)

2011-2012 #SERIALS@THEFLEA by various writers, The Flea Theater

2011 HERE COMES TOMORROW by Patrick Link, EST / Youngblood

2011 WHY PLUTO IS A PLANET by Darragh Martin, Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival

2010 FOLLOW ME DOWN by Patrick Barrett, The Flea Theater (Aporia Theater) 

2010 PASSION IN THE PARK by William Shakespeare, Central Park (Aporia Theater)

2009 BARE NAKED DRAMA by various writers, The Cherry Pit (Aporia Theater)

2009 WHAT THE FUTURE AWAITS by Ciara Recopalchi, McCarter Theatre (Youth Ink Festival)   

2008 THE SUITCASE by Dina Ross, The Looking Glass Forum   

2008 THE DISAPPEARANCE OF JONAH by Darragh Martin, Capital Fringe Festival, Washington DC (Aporia Theater)

2008 NO EXIT by Jean-Paul Sartre, Cherry Lane Studio Theatre (Aporia Theater)                                                                                                                                 

ASSISTANT DIRECTING

2016 TRANSFERS by Lucy Thurber, New York Stage and Film (dir. Jackson Gay) 

2015 DEAR ELIZABETH by Sarah Ruhl, The Women's Project (dir. Kate Whoriskey)

2015 THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller, Cleveland Playhouse (dir. Laura Kepley)

2015 DOCTOR FAUSTUS by Christopher Marlowe, adapted by David Bridel and Andrei Belgrader, Classic Stage Company (dir. Andrei Belgrader) 

2014 KINGDOM CITY by Sheri Wilner, La Jolla Playhouse (dir. Jackson Gay)

2009 IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER by Tarell McCraney, McCarter Theatre (dir. Tina Landau)

2009 MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION by George Bernard Shaw, McCarter Theatre (dir. Emily Mann)

2009 TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare, McCarter Theatre (dir. Rebecca Taichman)  

2008 HERRINGBONE by Tom Cone, Skip Kennon and Ellen Fitzhugh, McCarter Theatre (dir. Roger Rees)

 

PRODUCING

Artistic Associate, Chautauqua Theater Company (2017) - Responsibilities include line producing readings and workshops, supporting main stage productions, creating and leading community events and educational programming, contributing to season planning, strategic planning, event planning, grant writing and day-to-day operations.

Company Manager, The Flea Theater (2010 -2012) - Managed The Bats, a resident company of over 90 non-equity actors; produced readings and workshops, including casting; assisted with all aspects of marketing and development, including creating original video content; evaluated new play submissions; coordinated logistics of all special events; liaised with rental companies.

Directing and Producing Assistant McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ (2008-2009)- Assistant director of four main stage productions (listed above); Created institutional videos, evaluated new play submissions, assisted with season planning and dramaturgical research, wrote both entries for McCarter’s blog and academic articles for online Audience Guides, participated in a high school playwriting residency, and contributed to the day to day running of LORT B+ and LORT C theaters. 

Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Aporia Theater (2007-2012) - Artistic and logistic leader of a non-profit theater company that produced world premieres at Access Theater, The Flea Theater, Cherry Lane Theatre, both the NY and Capital (DC) Fringe Festivals and Columbia University, as well as a reading series, peer-run skill workshops and other artist development projects. www.aporiatheater.com

 

TEACHING

Adjunct Faculty, Fordham University (current)

Teaching Artist, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) (current)

Teaching Artist, Center for Arts Education (current) 

Guest Artist, NYU Tisch School for the Arts (Spring 2016) 

Teaching Assistant, University of California, San Diego (Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching) (2012-2015)