Name

Sarah E Martin

About

Sarah is a multi-disciplinary designer and researcher working across several fields including scenic design, devised theatre, and theatre architecture. As a designer she is primarily interested in how design and the experience of space can more fully connect people to their human experience. Inspired by her research and experience with collaborative creation (devised theatre) and process, she is curious about how theatrical modalities can be employed beyond a traditional theatre to foster a sense of creativity, collaboration, and community.

With over 10 years of experience as a teacher and theatrical designer, Sarah has developed a range of tools to support and encourage collaboration and creativity. Working with students with varying interests and skill levels, she translated theatrical process into accessible parts and guided students toward the development of cohesive, original design ideas. As a devising designer, Sarah enjoys challenging her own knowledge of design and story-telling to better understand the discomfort of creative risk outside the traditional design process comfort zone.

In her current work as a theatre consultant, Sarah’s love of creative problem-solving, communication, and collaboration and her highly-developed project management skills continue to serve her well. She works with clients all over the country across a variety of sectors, helping them develop buildings that will serve their needs and support the creative communities at play inside of them. She uses her years of experience as an artist and theatre practitioner to inform collaborators how theatres practically function for the work being done inside, and to anticipate and translate client needs throughout every step of the design process.

Throughout her career, Sarah has presented scholarly work on various topics related to design process, collaboration, and the use of media in performance at various conferences including the Entertainment Innovation Conference, Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival (KC-ACTF, Regions 1 & 2). Most recently she presented on a panel discussion about Master Planning at the Theatre Communications Group conference.

Experience

Consultant
Stages Consultants, Highland Park, NJ (from Austin, TX)
July 2015 – Present
Resident Scenic Designer
F*It Club, New York, NY
March 2010 – June 2014
Assistant Professor / Resident Scenic Designer
Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
August 2013 – May 2015
Assistant Professor / Resident Scenic Designer
Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
August 2006 – May 2013
Adjunct Faculty
Professional Performing Arts School, New York, NY
August 2004 – May 2006
Carpenter
The Public Theatre / New York Shakepeare Festival, New York, NY
June 2004 – August 2006
Consultant
Charles Cosler Theatre Design, New York, NY
June 2001 – August 2004

Education

M.F.A. Stage Design (Scenic and Lighting Design)
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
August 1998 – May 2001
B.A. Design (Architecture)
Clemson University, Clemson, SC
August 1993 – May 1997

Specialties

  • Project Management
  • Scenic Design
  • Devising

Skills

  • Project Management
  • AutoCAD (2D
  • drawing (hand)
  • basic Photoshop
  • Excel
  • Word
  • model building

Location

Austin, TX