Hi! I’m Sarah. I’m a California native who grew up in Los Angeles and lived by the beaches of Santa Barbara (a true So-Cal girl). I earned my BA in Film and Theater at UC Santa Barbara, where I aced in eating tons of burritos, and hold an MFA from Iowa Playwrights Workshop, where I also aced in drinking tons of pie shakes.
I am a comedy writer and playwright. I get excited about stories centered around women, mothers, daughters, and human beings who try really hard to be their best selves and fail at it. (I’m an optimist, I swear.) I love comedies, the supernatural, the paranormal, and everything in between. I grew up on tv diet of “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”, “So Weird”, “X-Files”, “Fact or Fiction”, “Unsolved Mysteries” and all of Adam Sandler movies– you get the idea. I like the weird and the mysterious, including Adam Sandler.
After graduating from University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop, I went on to study comedy at iO West, Second City, Pack Theater as well as improvisational theater with Aretha Sills at Sills/Spolin Theater Works. I was also the recipient of the Diversity Scholarship at The Improv Space where I explored my mad skills in sketch comedy and improv. I have performed at Green Gravel Comedy Festival, Laugh Riot Grrrl Festival, and written sketch comedy for LA Scripted Comedy Festival, LA’s topical news sketch show Top Story! Weekly (ACME Comedy Theater), and currently write for house sketch team Gutter at the Pack Theater. My work has been featured on ComedyCake, Funny or Die, and WhoHaHa.
My plays include Koreans Eat Dog (2013 Richard Maibaum Playwriting Award), Family Dinner (2015 KCACTF’s Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award) Grace and Janette Like White Guys (2020 Finalist, Seven Devils’ Playwright Conference), and STAINS (2021 MADlab Playwriting Development Program, produced by Moving Arts Theatre in Los Angeles, CA). I am the recipient of the IRAM New Play Award, Iowa Arts Fellowship, and was recently named Associate Artist for Ashland New Plays Festival. To learn more about my playwriting work, be sure to check out my page on New Play Exchange.
Previously, I worked in television publicity for clients which included major streaming services and networks Amazon, Netflix, National Geographic, and Adult Swim. I currently work for a nonprofit group, InsideOUT Writers, where I help bring creative writing classes to juvenile halls.
If all of that wasn’t enough, I co-host the very interesting playwriting podcast Beckett’s Babies with my pal Sam Collier.
I currently live in Los Angeles with my very professional writer husband Nik Frank-Lehrer and our very unprofessional cat, Butters.