Sarah Plotkin is a director, devisor, educator and cultural worker based in Ithaca, NY. She collaborates with community artists, professional artists, and young people to bridge divides and inspire joyful community-building. Sarah was the Founding Artistic Director of Electric Eye Ensemble, a collaborative theater company exploring American myths through a revisionist, feminist lens. She is also the founder and lead facilitator of Artist Gym, a creation and creativity workshop series for adults and teens. She works as a freelance director and teaching artist with people of all ages. Sarah also facilitates anti-racism workshops with Jewish communities.
Sarah works through non-hierarchical, collaborative structures to create original performances where everyone in the room has a voice and space to bring their whole selves. She is committed to co-creating equitable, anti-racist, and accessible spaces. Community engagement is at the core of her practice, and she often draws upon puppetry, movement, clowning, mask, song, and social justice movement practices to meet the interests of the communities with whom she's partnering.
Sarah specializes in new play development and devising. Directing/devising projects include: Something Blue (Walking on Water Productions), Through Our Eyes (Urbano Project), Coming Together (Temple Israel of Boston), Molting (Object Movement Residency), Every Feeling I’ve Ever Felt (Ars Nova), Earthrise (Dixon Place), Welcome to the Doll Den (The Tank), Juniper Tree (Dixon Place), and Home in Motion (WOW Cafe Theatre). She has an MA in Theater Education and Applied Theatre from Emerson College, and a BA in Directing from Sarah Lawrence College. Associate Member, SDC.
Sarah brings creativity, professionalism, and care to her work. She seamlessly moves from the roles of educator and facilitator, theater director, and behind-the-scenes producer. Sarah cultivates space for community members that makes everyone feel welcome and respected, whether they are participating in a one-off workshop or a long-term project under her lead. She is committed to truly living her values of upholding justice, making space for those who have been traditionally marginalized, and connecting people across their differences."
- Rebecca Powell, Senior Facilitator and Educator, Resetting the Table