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About Sarah

I am a Florida mystery novelist, playwright, and screenwriter who has had many “firsts.” I was the first woman to ever win the McClaren Comedy Prize at the Midland Community Theater in Midland, Texas. I was the first to ever win the Dayton Playhouse FutureFest new plays competition with a play that only received a staged reading, and the first playwright to ever be asked to be the “Playwright in Residence” at the Alliance Repertory Company.

In 2015 I was a finalist at the Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition for a Dramatic Feature with THE ORACLE OF JERALD'S BAY.

In 2012 I won the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic 2012 Grant for Unpublished writers for my work in progress, FLORIDA IS BURNING.

That novel is being rewritten, as I finally figured out what I think is wrong with it! Once I finish it, I have begun work on the follow-up novel FLORIDA IS FROZEN, so I’ll complete it. I’m focusing my freelance time on novels.

I write, I teach, I do editing and proofreading, and I climb rock walls (not at all gracefully, but strongly). I was born young, grew old very quickly, then entered into my second childhood which I found far more satisfying than my first. Also safer. I’ve written plays that have been produced in many theaters in the USA and in Australia. I share my life with Patrick Payne, a visual artist, who likes things that burn and explode, knives that are too sharp, and who makes art that literally made the State of Florida threaten to close a gallery. It’s never dull in my world.

Unique traits: Have won numerous awards, also write screenplays.

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Credits

  • POWER IN THE BLOOD

    POWER IN THE BLOOD (2011)
    Theater by ActWright Theater, Los Angeles, CA

  • DANCING WITH THE BAD MAN

    DANCING WITH THE BAD MAN (2009)
    Theater by Alliance Repertory Theatre, Burbank, CA

  • POWER IN THE BLOOD

    POWER IN THE BLOOD (2005)
    Theater by Allicance Repertory Theatre, Burbank, CA

  • Midwestern Chum

    Midwestern Chum (2003)
    Theater by Midland Community Theater, Midland, Texas

  • DANCING WITH THE BAD MAN

    DANCING WITH THE BAD MAN (2003)
    Theater by Riant Theater, New York,, NY

  • MIDWESTERN CHUM

    MIDWESTERN CHUM (2002)
    Theater by Urban Stages, New York, NY

  • HEAVING BOSOMS, HAIRY CHESTS

    HEAVING BOSOMS, HAIRY CHESTS (1999)
    Theater by Midland Community Theater, Midland, Texas

  • HUNGRY TO BE TOUCHED

    HUNGRY TO BE TOUCHED (1998)
    Theater by Dayton Community Playhouse, Dayton, OH

  • A SHORT TIME OF NEAR PERFECTION

    A SHORT TIME OF NEAR PERFECTION (1997)
    Theater by Urban Stages, New York, NY

Awards

  • Finalist Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition Feature: Drama for THE ORACLE OF JERALD'S BAY
    (2015)

  • Malice Domestic Unfinished Mystery Manuscript Grant Award
    (2012)

  • Florida Artist Enhancement Grant to be Playwright- in-Residence, Alliance Repertory Company, Burbank, CA, September
    (2006)

  • Quarter-finalist, The Big Australian Screenwriting Competition for GO HOME, DAVE!
    (2001)

  • Semi-finalist, Academy Foundation Nicholl’s Fellowships for screenwriting for GO HOME, DAVE!
    (2001)

  • Second-round, Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition for CONDUIT
    (2000)

  • Finalist, Scr(i)pt Magazine’s new screenplay Competition for CONDUIT
    (2000)

  • Quarter-finalist, Academy Foundation’s Nicholl’s Fellowship for Screenwriting for THE ORACLE OF JERALD’S BAY
    (1999)

  • Quarter-finalist, FADE IN: Magazine’s Screenwriting Competition for THE ORACLE OF JERALD’S BAY
    (1999)

  • Awarded State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in screenwriting for SALVADOR DALI SKIES
    (1998)

  • McLaren Comedy Prize for HEAVING BOSOMS, HAIRY CHESTS
    (1997)

Education

  • Universtity of Florida
    (1977-1979)

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