Sarah Rasmussen started her first theater company at 14 in her hometown of Sisseton, South Dakota, after seeing a Garland Wright production. Since then she's gone on to a directing, producing and teaching career with critical acclaim for inventive storytelling and a generous exchange between actor and audience.  Rasmussen is the Artistic Director of the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, MN where she commissions, directs and produces new work.  She was recently named Star Tribune's Artist of the Year, and is an inaugural recipient of the BOLD Leadership Circle grant.  Directing credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie, Dallas Theater Center, Actors Theater of Louisville and La Jolla Playhouse.  Awards include MN Theater Award for The Wolves, Princess Grace, an Ivey Award for Overall Excellence, Drama League and Fulbright fellowships.  New work development with Playwrights’ Center, The O’Neill, The Lark and many others.  Alum of the Women’s Project, SoHo Rep. and Lincoln Center Directing Labs.   She was formerly the Resident Director for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab new work development program and Head of MFA Directing at the University of Texas at Austin.  MFA from the University of California, San Diego.  BA in English and Theater from St. Olaf College.

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