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Sarah Yorke

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Sarah Yorke, Post-MFA Fellow in Applied Performance

School of Performing Arts
315 Henderson Hall, 195 Alumni Mall, 
Blacksburg, VA 24061
syorke@vt.edu

Sarah Elizabeth Yorke (she/her) is a director, producer, actor, administrator, and educator from a mile long town in the Coal Region of Pennsylvania. She is a recent Alumna of Ohio University, where she graduated with her Master of Fine Arts in Directing and Master of Arts Administration, with a special focus in Theatre Production and Management. In 2012, Sarah received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Virginia Tech and has since returned to Blacksburg as a Post-MFA Fellow in Applied Performance. 

Yorke has directed over 30 productions ranging from high school, community, collegiate, professional, and self-produced theatre. She is dedicated to re-examining the classics, expanding the gender disparity in the cannon, and developing new works for a younger, more diverse audience. She firmly believes that the human should come before the artist and the artist should come before the art, placing humanity at the forefront of her artistic philosophy and daily practices. 

Yorke's work is inspired by the isolation, heightening, and nurturing of one’s senses. In order to tap into a more unified, collaborative, and empathetic space, she believes this approach can help tear down walls and boundaries otherwise imposed on artists. Breaking these barriers allows artists to more openly establish a supportive, brave, and unified ensemble that promotes exploration, risk taking, and a continued sense of play. She recognizes the hierarchal structure that theatre has ingrained on its many students, including herself, and aims to challenge her own knowledge, comfort, and curiosities, in order to become a better collaborator and communicator in all forms of the theatrical process. 

Additionally, Yorke is an acting coach and mentor for youth actors, ranging from ages seven and up, for over six years. Instilling and fostering a love of theatre in future generations is a passion of hers that has only fueled her own love for the craft. She strives to foster a creative environment where artists of all ages can make flexible the lines of collaboration and encourages making your passion your priority. 

  • Acting
  • Arts administration
  • Directing
  • Interdisciplinary arts collaboration
  • Intimacy coordination and direction
  • Master of Arts Administration, Ohio University, 2022
  • Master of Fine Arts: Directing, Ohio University 2022
  • Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts: Acting, Virginia Tech 2012

 

  • Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Associate Member
  • Network of Ensemble Theaters, Member
  • Intimacy Directors and Coordinators, Pathway to Certification Trainee

 

  • Majestic Theatre Awards: Excellence in Theatre Education (2016)

Currently in the process of publishing 2022 Ohio University Master of Arts Administration Capstone on Accessibility in Theatre, focused on Sensory Friendly Performances. Publication date to be determined. 

  • Ohio University: Original Works Grant (2021). Awarded for 2021 thesis production of "Summer and Smoke" by Tennessee Williams. Coordinated with the Williams’ Estate, Guest Dramaturg, Adan Sanchez, and Dialect Coaches, Stephanie Carrillo and E.B. Smith, to amend the original text for a modern audience. 
  • Fundamentals of Acting, Ohio University 2020-2021
  • Theatre in Education, Ohio University 2021
  • Beginning Directing, Ohio University 2021-2022
  • Introduction to Acting, Virginia Tech 2022