Sarah Rasmussen

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Sarah is a director, teacher, parent and advocate for women’s voices. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Jungle Theater. As a director, she loves plays that have a sense of humor, grace and strong roles for women – both onstage and behind the scenes. Prior to running a theater in Minneapolis, she was an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where she ran the MFA Directing program. She is also the former Resident Director for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab for new work. She started her first theater company as  teenager in Sisseton, South Dakota. 

Read more about Sarah's time at the Jungle here.

Learn about Sarah's upcoming projects here.



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Sarah’s mission at the Jungle is to create a wildly imaginative, inclusive space where we celebrate our shared humanity through stories – especially stories that embrace humor, music and innovative design. The Jungle is deeply rooted in its LynLake neighborhood, but contributes to the national field by commissioning and developing new work and creating innovative programs such as JungleWrites, our playwrighting mentorship program for teenage girls. 

Since coming onboard in 2015, Sarah has made a commitment to gender parity in the roles at the Jungle. Her vision has been recognized by The Minnesota Theater Awards (Theatrical Leadership, The Wolves 2018); The Star Tribune (Best Artist runner-up in 2017, Best New Face in Theater in 2016); City Pages (Artist of the year in 2016); MPLS. St. Paul Magazine (52 Reasons to Love the Twin Cities in 2017).  Sarah was also named one of Minnesota Women's Press Changemakers in 2017.