Sarah C. Simmons
BFA, Ithaca College, Acting
MA, City University of New York, Applied Theatre
Office: Fine Arts 231
Sarah is an applied theatre practitioner, teacher, director, and actor. She is a founding member of both Civic Ensemble and the Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY. In addition to teaching at Binghamton, Sarah has taught theatre at Cornell University, Ithaca College, the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, and Epic Theatre Ensemble in New York City. She has also worked as a facilitator for community groups at community centers, detention centers, schools and theatres.
Sarah has performed in Ithaca, Chicago, Seattle and New York City. Favorite roles in Ithaca include Gerte in Crumbs from the Table of Joy at the Kitchen, Jesse Mae in The Trip to Bountiful at the Hangar Theatre, and the Barker in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Cornell Schwartz Center. In 2015, Sarah directed Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph at the Cornell Schwartz Center. In Spring 2017 she will direct Baltimore by Kirsten Greenidge also for Cornell.
Since Civic Ensemble was founded in the summer of 2012, Sarah has designed, developed, and implemented multiple programs and projects: an annual community-based play, a program for young men incarcerated at the Finger Lakes Residential Center, a free summer theatre program for teens at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC), a program for formerly incarcerated adults (ReEntry Theatre Program), and an original interactive theatre workshop about hydraulic fracturing for young children which was commissioned by and performed at the Sciencenter of Ithaca.
Sarah was a 2013-2014 Cornell Public Service Center Civic Leader Fellow. She holds an M.A. in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York School of Professional Studies, and a B.F.A. in Acting from Ithaca College.