Throughout a professional career of more than 30 years, Sandra has worked extensively as a writer, director, actress, speaker, singer/songwriter, consultant and educator.
She has directed more that 100 professional theatrical productions from Shakespeare to Neil Simon. She has also written and directed numerous projects for youth, including award winning interactive touring productions and unique large-scale theatrical experiences for audiences of up to 10,000 people. Sandra also directs film and video projects. Her feature film “AVATARA” (www.avatarathefilm.com) is currently in post production and she has begun pre-production on her feature length documentary on the foster care system entitled “BROKEN”. Her feature film “Fault Line” starring Olympia Dukakis is also in development with her production company Miracle Film Group.
Sandra has written thirty-five plays (full-length, one acts, educational, and children's plays) that have been produced in regional, university, and community theatres, across the country. Sandra’s innovative “RESPONSE” plays – won the Idaho Governor’s Brightest Stars Award in 2006. All of Sandra's plays are available for production at www.sandracavanaugh.com. A collection of her children’s plays ‘The Ohana Plays’ are being published in the fall of 2014. Sandra has also writes scripts for film, tv, video, and radio. Sandra is a member of both the Writers Guild of America West and the Dramatists Guild.
For 27 years, Sandra has taught, Acting, Voice, Movement, Improvisation, Shakespeare, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Arts Management and Directing at universities and conservatories across the country. She has served on the faculty of The University of Utah - Professional Actor Training Program, Portland Actors Conservatory, Clackamas College, The University of Iowa, The New Heritage Studio, The National Shakespeare Conservatory, Boise State University, and Portland State University, among others. She has served as an administrator, developed and written curriculum, and coached teachers on the art of teaching. In addition Sandra has worked extensively with at-risk children and children with disabilities and has done numerous residencies in grade schools, jr. highs and high schools. Sandra has worked with the Idaho State Dept of Ed, as well as MESD in Oregon, Iowa City public schools, and school districts in Utah, California, and New York as well as many others. She was the Managing Director of “Interactivity” – the pilot version of the Iowa Children’s Museum. During her tenure, Sandra wrote, developed and implemented many educational programs at the Children’s Museum on everything from physics, to diversity and acceptance. Sandra currently teaches acting and playwriting privately as well as in artist residencies for children with disabilities through IPUL and the State Dept of Education.
As a development consultant Sandra has worked with nonprofits, small businesses, and individuals to develop creative and strategic solutions for clarifying and realizing their vision, and overcoming challenges. Sandra’s expertise in non profit management and fundraising combined with her skills as a coach Sandra has also worked with a variety of public and private agencies to develop scenario based training solutions for social workers, medical professionals, lawyers, and law enforcement officers.
Sandra is a popular inspirational speaker on a variety of topics including creativity, imagination and spontaneity, children's issues, children’s mental health, parenting, adoption, foster care, fetal alcohol syndrome, and a variety of spiritual topics – as well as a series of talks that teach the principals and practices in her upcoming her book - “The Art Of Unconditional Commitment”. The single mom of three daughters, Sandra is an outspoken advocate for children, parenting, children’s mental health, adoption, and creative education.
A singer/songwriter, Sandra performs regularly in a Jazz and Blues duo and band with her partner Rex Miller. Rex and Sandra just released an album of original inspirational songs called “Let Go” in December of 2013 "Let Go" which is available on iTunes & Amazon. www.rexandsandra.com., and they are set to release a CD of meditations in 2014. Sandra was also a vocalist and percussionist in the popular and uplifting band, Pat McDonald and the Tropical Cowboys.
She served as the founding artistic director of The New Heritage Theatre Co (Idaho’s Premiere Resident Professional Rep Company) from 1997-2007 during which time she received multiple educational, community service, and artistic awards. In 2007 Sandra was a founding partner in Dramatic Entertainment which later became Silverdraft Studios, where she helped create Mobileviz, a visualization and virtual production suite, providing some of the most advanced film technology ever introduced to the entertainment industry. Additionally Sandra was an Executive Producer at All Spirit Media, as well as the Executive Artistic Director of The Open Space event venue in Eagle, Idaho. She currently serves on the Board of A New Beginning Adoption Agency, and The Artist’s Advisory Board or Idaho Parents Unlimited Creative Access Art Center, and the Board of Directors for the Aquarium of Boise. She has also served on the Meridian Arts Commission, the Meridian Mayor’s Anti Drug Coalition, Community Youth Development, and The Regional Council on Children’s Mental Health. In 2011 Sandra was named one of the Idaho Business Review’s, Business Women of the Year.
Sandra is a graduate of The National Shakespeare Conservatory as well as The National Theatre Of Great Britain's Pilot Acting Program. She has an MFA in Directing from the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Center for the Arts Fellow and a member of the prestigious Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She received her bachelor's degree from BSU.
Unique traits: www.sandracavanaugh.com www.rexandsandra.com www.avatarathefilm.com