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 national freelance career with critical acclaim for inventive storytelling and a generous exchange between actor and audience. Sarah is a 2011 Princess Grace Award Recipient and the former Resident Director for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab. Her recent credits include Fly By Night, Lone Star Spirits and The Oldest Boy (Jungle Theater), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Jungle Theater & Oregon Shakespeare Festival), I & You (Marin Theatre Company), In the Next Room (Jungle Theater, Zach Theatre), The Seven (Ten Thousand Things), We Play for the Gods (Women’s Project), Bureau of Missing Persons (Neighborhood Prod. NYC), Ballad of 222& 223, Hero Dad (Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival), Chile Pod (La Jolla Playhouse), and Crashing the Party, Red Ink and 1001 (Mixed Blood).
Sarah has developed and/or directed new work as the former Resident Director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Black Swan Lab and at theaters such as Soho Rep., New York Theater Workshop, Arena Stage, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, The Lark, PlayPenn, and The Playwrights’ Center and has worked as an assistant director on Broadway. Fellowships include Princess Grace, Drama Leauge, Fullbright and OSF's Phil Killian. Upcoming: The Wolves at Jungle Theater. Awards: The Star Tribune Best Artist runner-up in 2017 and Best New Face in Theater in 2016, City Pages Artist of the year in 2016, one of MPLS. St. Paul Magazine's 52 Reasons to Love the Twin Cities in 2017, Minneapolis IVEY Awards for Overall Excellence & Best Director, Austin Critics Table for In the Next Room. She is the Artistic Director at Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to her appointment at the Jungle, she was head of MFA Directing at UT Austin. Sarah has also been a teaching artist in public schools in her home state of South Dakota, guest artist with Brooklyn College MFA, Long Island University BFA, and head of UT Austin’s MFA in Directing. Fellowships include Drama League, OSF's Phil Killian and Fulbright. Member, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. MFA, UC San Diego.