Sarah firmly believes supporting and mentoring young stage designers through hiring assistants, and offering internship opportunities for student designers who are still engaged in their studies. Studio tasks can include: building model boxes, script analysis, creating prop lists and research, conducting visual research, sketching (hand and digital), Photoshop, drafting, sketch models, white models, finished color models, and creating paint elevations.

More importantly, Sarah believes in connecting her assistants with her colleagues to build professional relationships (and hopefully some friendships!), which will help them launch their careers. Depending on the projects and schedules, Sarah brings her assistants to production meetings, designer runs, technical and dress rehearsals, and previews.

All assistants are paid for their time, talent, and skill. As a part of recognizing the collaborative nature of theatre, and the theatrical process of design, all assistants who are currently working in Sarah's studio are featured below.


Please take the time to get to know them, as well as view their online portfolios.



Studio Assistant, 2019 - present

Cat Perez earned her B.A. in Communication, Media, and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago, IL. Chicago Credits: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Assistant Scenic Designer, Filament Theatre). NEIU Credits: how to hero, or the subway play (Associate Scenic Designer); Antigone (Scenic Designer); Marisol and Nuevas Voces: A 10-Minute Play Festival (Stage Manager), Native Gardens and Residence* (Associate Scenic Designer, NEIU); Lookingglass Alice* (Studio Assistant, Lookinglass Theatre Company)​.

*Cancelled due to Covid-19



Studio Assistant, 2021 - present

Susana Acevedo earned her B.A. in Communication, Media and Theatre with a Minor in Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU)  in Chicago, IL. During her tenure at NEIU, Ms. Acevedo studied performance and design. NEIU Performance Credits: A Doll's House, Part 2 (Nora), how to hero, or the subway play (Madison), Native Gardens (Ensemble/Tania Understudy). NEIU Design Credits: Residence* (Scenic Designer).


Upcoming NEIU Design Credits: Water by the Spoonful (Scenic Designer, NEIU).

*Cancelled due to Covid-19