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Musical Theater - Performance, Composition, Writing, Dramaturgy, and History

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Do you love Hamilton, Wicked, and The Sound of Music? Are you interested in developing performance techniques in English-language musicals, analyzing and understanding this complex genre, or perhaps even writing your own original show?

I am an American musical theater composer and scholar who has composed and music directed for The National Theater, dramaturged Pulitzer Prize-nominated rock operas, and written a forthcoming book for Methuen Drama. I have recently relocated to Berlin, and I would be delighted to support your studies in this dynamic and multifaceted art form. I can cater lessons to your specific areas of interest and development - let's talk!

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Online via webcam
At student's location: Around Berlin, Germany

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The class is taught in:English, German

About Me

With a PhD in Theater and Performance Studies and a BA in Musical Theater and English, not to mention professional experience as a composer, musical director, and dramaturg at venues including The National Theatre and Lincoln Center, I am a passionate teaching artist. I am a native English speaker - just beginning to learn German myself! I specialize in the following areas, from secondary school to university level:

*Musical Theatre - composition/songwriting, performance (piano and acting through song), writing, dramaturgy, history
*Music - composition/songwriting, performance (piano and acting through song), music theory, history and analysis
*Drama/Theatre Studies - dramaturgy and history
*English - English literature and writing
*University application process in the US and UK - from personal statement writing to interviews, including experience with Oxford and Cambridge
*Engaging students in learning other subjects (i.e. History, Science, etc.) through the arts

I am happy to teach in person in Berlin or online to students around the world. Feel free to reach out with queries or special requests; I can gladly create new courses and experiences that fit your needs and interests!

Education

University of California, Los Angeles: Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies, March 2013.
Duke University, Durham, NC: B.A. in Theater Studies/Music and English, May 2008. Summa cum laude, Class rank: 5 out of 1345, Faculty Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa.
Albemarle High School, Albemarle, NC: June 2004, Class rank: 1 out of approx. 115.

Experience / Qualifications

Sarah writes music that empowers female voices and blurs the boundaries among music theatre, art song, and opera. Most recently, Sarah was the composer and musical director for the National Theatre’s Hamlet for young audiences. Her rock musical These Girls Have Demons is in development with Pittsburgh CLO, and her hybrid musical/opera The Trojan Women received a 2019 OPERA America Discovery Grant. Sarah has dramaturged Pulitzer Prize-nominated rock operas and Lincoln Center premieres. Her theatre criticism and scholarship have been published in American Theatre, Studies in Musical Theatre, and anthologies with Palgrave and Routledge, and her monograph Doing the Time Warp: Queer Temporalities and Musical Theatre will be published with Methuen Drama in 2021.

With degrees in Music, Theater, and English, Sarah is also an inspiring and interdisciplinary teaching artist. Most recently, she revitalized the music curriculum as Head of Music for the Day School and Sixth Form at ArtsEd, the top-ranking performing arts school in the UK. Sarah also established a new undergraduate musical theatre program at University Centre Shrewsbury and a music composition program at the Nightingale-Bamford School in NYC. Sarah was recognized with a fellowship from the Jubilation Foundation for her exceptional teaching artistry.
With a BA from Duke University and a PhD from UCLA, not to mention an acceptance to Oxford's MSt in English Literature and experience teaching at university level in the UK, I am well-versed in the university application process in both the US and UK. I would be very happy to support your application process, from researching best fit courses to personal statement writing to interview preparation. 'It's hard not to understate Sarah's special influence as a tutor. Both as my Music A Level teacher and latterly, mentor for my application to Oxford University, she was so incredibly giving with her time and intellectual resources. Often able to transcend the confines of the syllabus, Sarah offered university standard insights into numerous musical theories and techniques, an invaluable asset to any student looking to expand and explore their subject knowledge. The scope of her detailed knowledge is boundless. Whether English, music or any feasible subject matter, Sarah was constantly available to give extremely formative teaching and guidance. '
Are you studying English, Drama, or Music at an English-speaking or bilingual school? I am a native English speaker with a BA from Duke in Music / Theater Studies and English and a PhD from UCLA in Theater and Performances Studies, and I have extensive experience teaching at secondary schools and universities in the US and UK. I am happy to support your studies (GCSE, A Level, IB, and university level) and to help prepare you for exams, performances, compositions, theses, and other courses.

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