Sarah Eisel is enjoying her second season as Assistant Technical Director at the University of Rochesterís International Theatre Program. After spending 8 years in Massachusetts, she is glad to be back in her home state. While in Massachusetts, Sarah was Technical Director at Concord Academy, working on original and bold pieces that included Tectonic Theatre Projectís The Laramie Project, 3SisTerz (an original adaptation), Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie, Shakespeareís Midsummer Nightís Dream (done as a Beatles musical), Chekhovís The Seagull, The Cradle Will Rock, Ubu í77 (Ubu Roi with all hits from 1977), and Tyger/Tiger, an original work inspired by Tennessee Williamís writings and the effects of Hurricane Katrina. She has also freelanced as an electrician and stage manager in many professional theatres in the greater Boston area, including Stoneham Theatre, Huntington, CMAC, The Lyric, and Boston College.
This is more than just a return to her home state as Sarah graduated from the University of Rochester in 1999 with a BA in English Literature, fond memories of the Theatre Program, and enough experience to start her on her career in technical theatre. The University of Rochesterís Theatre Program enabled her to take advantage of opportunities to intern in NYC at La MAMA E.T.C. and at the Lincoln Center Institute, and also to stage manage the Todd Theatre Troupe in NYC for performances of Brechtís Woyzeck and Joanna Scottís Speakeasy on the NYCFringe. Enjoying her work in an academic setting at Concord Academy prompted Sarah to continue working in the academic field, and she looks forward to the challenges and satisfaction of working on this yearís season with the production staff and students here at the U of R.