Sara Louise Lazarus is an Award-Winning Director, having received both a MAC Award and two Bistro Awards, the most recent in 2018 for her direction of the original musical revue It Helps To Sing About It: The Songs of Ben Schaechter and Dan Kael. In New York, she directed Ludlow Ladd with Kristin Chenoweth, Tovah Out Of Her Mind starring Tovah Feldshuh, Sam Shepard’s Cowboys and Icarus’ Mother, the world premiere of Terrence McNally and Skip Kennon’s Plaisir D’Amour, and the American premiere of James Saunders’ Birdsong. At the 92nd Street Y, Sara co-wrote and directed The 1959 Broadway Songbook for the Lyrics and Lyricists series, which later played off-Broadway at 59E59. Additional NY credits include Babes In Arms at Avery Fisher Hall; The Music Of Alex Rybeck and Remember Me: The Songs of Edward Kleban, both at 54 Below. She staged two Harvard Hasty Pudding Shows, and She Loves Me at Yale featuring Melissa Errico, Ernest In Love with Jimmy Smits, and Starting Here, Starting Now with Carolee Carmello. Sara produced and directed Stars Over Millburn, a benefit for Paper Mill Playhouse, and co-founded Paper Mill Prep, where in 2019 she helped create Paper Mill’s Common Musical Prescreen. Sara is known for her collaborations with singer Jeff Harnar and musical director/arranger Alex Rybeck. The team has created eight shows, and in 2019 NY has seen revivals of two of them: Because Of You: Fifties Gold, and Carried Away: The Lyrics of Comden and Green. Sara has taught workshops for Yale, Harvard, the University of New Hampshire and Penn State, as well as Master Classes in Los Angeles produced by ASCAP. At The Sara Lazarus Studio in NY she teaches professional musical audition and cabaret classes. Her students have appeared on Broadway in leading roles in The Ferryman, My Fair Lady, King Kong, TINA: The Tina Turner Musical, Wicked, Bette Midler’s Hello, Dolly, Book of Mormon, School Of Rock, The Producers, Phantom of the Opera, The Scottsboro Boys, Les Miserables, Ragtime, and on TV in Smash, Glee and many more. As an actress Sara was seen on Broadway in Show Me Where The Good Times Are and A Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway she appeared in Hay Fever, The Drunkard, A Child’s Christmas In Wales and in national tours as Nanette in No, No Nanette with Helen Gallagher, Chava in Fiddler On The Roof with Theodore Bikel, and Young Sally in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies with Robert Alda, Vivian Blaine and Julie Wilson. A protégé of the brilliant David Craig, Sara is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a Certificate in Acting from RADA. She is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actors Equity Association, and the League of Professional Theatre Women. Over the last twenty years Sara has developed Circle’s Musical Theatre program, and was instrumental in creating the Circle/Eckerd BFA.
“My goal is to see the humanity in each of these students; the uniqueness in each of these students and to bring that out.”
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