SARA VANASSE is a Philadelphia-based theatremaker, actor, teaching artist, and vocalist. Sara completed her MFA in the Devised Performance Program at The University of the Arts (2016) and has received a certificate from the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training (2015). She is a graduate of Gettysburg College with degrees in Theatre Arts and Vocal Performance, and studied at The National Theatre Institute at the O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT. Sara was an apprentice to the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (2013), understudying the role of Lucetta in their main stage performance of Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Currently, Sara is devising, producing, and performing in This Is How Girls Die along side of her collaborators in the Paper Doll Ensemble. The piece was performed in January 2019 at Plays & Players Theatre in Philadelphia. Current ensemble members include Grayce Hoffman, Amanda Jensen, Simi Toledano, and Sara Vanasse. This piece was first created in 2017 for the ReVamp Theatre Collective’s Beyond The Surface Artist Lab, original members include Juliette Gobin, Grayce Hoffman, Amanda Jensen, and Sara Vanasse. Follow the Paper Doll Ensemble on Facebook and Instagram @paperdollensemble.
Sara co-founded Butter & Serve Theatre Company (2014-Present). They completed their first piece, V, in 2014 as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. During the fall of 2016, The Night Witches was performed at Stephens College as one of their main stage pieces for the 2016-2017 season. Their second original piece, Slaughter/ette, was premiered in September 2015, their second show to appear in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
Sara is also a freelance teaching artist and has worked with Theatre Horizons (Norristown, PA; 2016-2017) as a devised theatre educator.
Stemming from her musical experience in conjunction with collaborative theatrical endeavors, Sara seeks to discover and deliver innovative and unexpected performances.