In brief: Sarah, 25, has just finished romping through Moscow as Annie, the protagonist in the Alliance Theatre’s wildly imaginative Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls. Get to know her a little better.

Hometown: Pensacola, Fla.

Lives now: Decatur.

Where you’ve seen her: As narrator Beth Bradley in two seasons of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Synchronicity Theatre; in Ramona Quimby at Georgia Ensemble Theatre; and at Aurora Theatre, Drive-By Theatre and Actor’s Express, where she was part of the 2009-10 Professional Acting Internship class.

First time onstage: As part of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus. Professionally, as an understudy in Good Boys and True, and as Hildy in Slasher, both at Actor’s Express.

Why theater: “I started in art history and just couldn’t stay away.” That was at SCAD in Savannah. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” she recalls. ” I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up. I didn’t want to go to college after high school, and I started hearing about SCAD. I thought, ‘Art school, yeah, that’s not like college.’ ” The Express internship came next.

Odd jobs: To pay the bills, she’s been a cheesemonger at Alon’s, a server and a retail expert at Banana Republic. She also baby-sits.

Dream role: “Honestly, I might be doing it. This play is so cool, and I get to do so much stuff.” Future dream roles might include Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Joan of Arc and any musical by Jason Robert Brown (The Last 5 Years, Songs for a New World).

Next: She’s available. Casting agents … ?



Kathy Janich, Encore Atlanta’s managing editor, has been seeing, editing, writing about or working in the performing arts for most of her life. She spent 25 years in daily newspapers and was most recently on staff at Atlanta’s smart, bold and gutsy Synchronicity Theatre. To suggest someone for this column, please email

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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