Born in and adopted from Jinhae City, South Korea, Sarah grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan - a northwest suburb of Detroit.

 

She is a freelance scenic designer and educator. Sarah loves the Chicago theatre community, and strongly supports the vibrant storefront scene. She works with many companies around the city and its suburbs. She was a company member with Two Pence Theatre Company in Chicago as their Resident Scenic & Properties Designer and Director of Internship Programming before they closed their doors in October 2016.

Her design work has been recognized regionally by the American College Theatre Festival Region III, nationally by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and internationally at the Prague Quadrennial exhibition held in the Czech Republic. Her photography work has been exhibited in New York City.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Design and a Studio Art Minor in Oil Painting from Hope College in Holland, Michigan where she trained under Richard Smith, Paul Anderson, Perry Landes, Michelle Bombe, Daina Robins, John K.V. Tammi, and Jean Bahle. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Stage Design for Scenic Design from Northwestern University's Stage Design Program in Evanston, Illinois where she received a full-ride scholarship, and trained under award-winning scenic designers: Daniel Ostling, Todd Rosenthal, and Walt Spangler, and also Linda Roethke, Ana Kuzmanic, Joseph Appelt, Anna Shapiro, and Jessica Thebus.

She is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Theatre in Northeastern Illinois University's (NEIU) Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre where she served as the Managing Artistic Director of The Stage Center Theatre from July 2017 through June 2019. Beginning July 2019, Sarah serves as the Managing Director of Stage Center Theatre. In addition, she is the resident scenic designer and technical director. At NEIU, Sarah teaches Introduction to Theatre, Contemporary Theatre, American Musical Theatre, Set Design, Stagecraft, Technical Theatre Production, as well as individualized courses in computer-aided design and drafting, rendering for the theatre, and special topic courses in puppetry and opera.

Sarah resides in NW Chicago with her spouse, Matthew, and their 15-year old leopard gecko, Piggy. In her spare time, they work on remodeling their home.

Sarah & Matt at Hobbiton in Matamata, NZ

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