Sarah Carleton is an actress and creator living in Western, PA. In 2009 she completed an MFA degree in performance from the University of Louisville, with a focus on Shakespeare, movement, and multicultural theater, including studying in the University of Louisville's African American Theatre Program. For her graduate work she was awarded The Warren Oates Student Merit Award for, “outstanding contributions to the theatre program and for the promise of making significant contributions to the artistic community.”
Her work in film has been awarded Best Actress for her role in Maple Film's short film Transistor created for the Cleveland 48HR Film Project in 2011, Best Supporting Actress for her role in Undue Process for the 2013 Cleveland 48HR Film Project, and Best Acting Ensemble with the cast of Mind Over Manners for the 2014 Cleveland 48 HR Horror Film Project. Her most recent work with Maple Films, Clickbate was awarded best film of the 2017 Cleveland 48 HR Film Project and was shown in Paris, France, for the 48 Hour Film Project Filmapalooza, on March 7th, 2018.
In collaboration with Soprano, Lara Lynn McGill, Sarah co-created and co-produced three performance pieces for their performance company Amiche. Shakespeare's Women, a showcase of Shakespeare's famous female characters edited and compiled by Sarah with musical selections chosen by Lara, Song of Songs, an adaption of Song of Solomon by Sarah with musical selections chosen by Lara, and The Heart of Shahrazad an original performance piece written by Sarah with music composed by Eliane Aberdam, which had its world premier in 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA. The piece explores the topic of violence towards women and the power of stories in the journey of healing and trauma. Portions of The Heart of Shahrazad were selected to be performed at the 2018 Women Composer Festival of Hartford.
Sarah's work with Pittsburgh theater companies have include the role of Nym (and others) in Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Henry V (2017), the role of MC in Jumping Jack Theater's production of Cityscape (2018), an original performance piece, created for audiences who would benefit from sensory and autism friendly performances, and All the Fights! directed and choreographed by José Pérez IV for the PearlDiving Movement Residency (2018).
As a performer and a teaching artist Sarah continues to pursue projects that create unexpected collaborations and tell stories that provide bridges for people to connect across artistic mediums and different cultural backgrounds. Her work continues to be a place where she explores questions of identity and what it means to live and connect to others in the cultures we inhabit.