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About Sarah

Sarah Carleton is an actress and creator living in Western, PA who balances her time between creating and developing new performance pieces, with finding opportunities to work with other artists and creators.

In 2009 she completed an MFA degree in performance from the University of Louisville, where she was able to focus on Shakespeare and multicultural theater, including studying in the University of Louisville's African American Theater Program.

Her work in film can be seen in collaboration with local filmmakers, specifically the Cleveland based Maple Films, with which she has worked with on several short films. Her work with Maple Films has included Transistor, for which she won Best Actress for the Cleveland 48HR Film Project in 2011, Undue Process, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress for the 2013 Cleveland 48HR Film Project, and Mind Over Manners for which she won Best Acting Ensemble with the rest of the cast for the 2014 Cleveland 48 HR Horror Film Project.

Some of Sarah's recent collaborations have included, several new performance pieces with soprano Lara Lynn Cottrill, which combines acting and opera. Their three original pieces have included, Shakespeare's Women, a showcase of Shakespeare's famous female characters, Song of Songs, a unique adaption of the Songs of Solomon, created by Sarah Carleton with musical selections chosen by Lara Lynn Cottrill, and The Heart of Shahrazad. Their most recent piece, The Heart of Shahrazad was inspired by the story of Shahrazad in One Thousand and One Nights and premiered in Pittsburgh, PA on August 13th, 2015 with two additional performances on the 14th and 15th. This piece was written by Sarah with music composed by Eliane Aberdam and performed by soprano - Lara Lynn Cottrill, harpist - Marissa Knaub, and actress Sarah Carleton, creating a unique performance exploring a one woman's personal journey of healing in the midst of violence.


  • To Your Liking?

    To Your Liking? (2017)
    Film Actress

  • Wish You Were Here

    Wish You Were Here (2017)
    Film Actress

  • New Job

    New Job (0000 - 2015)
    Film (short) by Kartwheel Klub / Micah Taylor Angry Client A dark comedy by the Kartwheel Klub about a guy that gets a new job. Made for the 48 Hour Film Project - Pittsburgh 2015.

  • Twin Reflex

    Twin Reflex (2014)
    Film Actress

  • Mind Over Manners

    Mind Over Manners (0000 - 2014)
    Film (short) by Maple Films Olivia A telepathic housewife finds delight in mentally tormenting her girlfriend's love interest while on a dinner date. Winner of 12 awards including Best Film at the 2014 Cleveland 48-Hour Horror Film Project, and also a an Official Selection at the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival.

  • Undue Process

    Undue Process (2013)
    Film (short) by Maple Films Lisa Set in the near future when the US justice system has legalized a new form of punishment, two convicts must flee for their lives after being released to the general public. Nominated for 6 awards at the 2013 Cleveland 48-Hour Film Project including Best Film, and winner of Best Supporting Actress (Sarah Carleton), Best Cinematography, and the Audience Choice Award.

  • Abroad

    Abroad (2012)
    by Maple Films Cara An aging man searches for a way to reconnect with someone, or something, he lost long ago. Winner of three awards at the 2012 Cleveland 48-Hour Film Project, including Best Sound Design and Runner Up for Best Film.

  • 20th Century Man

    20th Century Man (2011)
    Film (short) by Maple Films/Dustin Lee Anna A brilliant young scientist invents a time machine in the year 1938. When he decides to test it on himself, he is accidentally transported 76 years into the future. 20th Century Man was accepted into 12 festivals around the country, including the 2012 Cleveland International Film Festival.

  • Transistor

    Transistor (2011)
    Film (short) by Maple Films/Dustin Lee Girl When a young woman begins to hear mysterious static noises that no one else can detect, she sets out to find the source of the signals. Transistor was created as part of the 2011 Cleveland 48-Hour Film Project. It was nominated for 11 awards and won 6, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Ensemble, Best Screenplay, and Best Music Score.

  • Breaking News

    Breaking News (2010)
    Film Actress

  • Coach

    Coach (2010)
    Video Miscellaneous Crew

  • House of Boredom

    House of Boredom
    Film (short) by Maple Films/Dustin Lee Laurie It's Halloween and Tom just wants to party with his friends. Too bad he's stuck with his girlfriend, her parents, and a whole lot of yarn. Made as part of the inaugural Producer's Guild of America Weekend Shorts Contest. Starring Joseph Adams, Sarah Carleton, Alan Cliffe, and Beth Lee.


  • Winner of Best Acting Ensemble Cleveland 48 HR Horror Project

  • Winner of Best Supporting Actress Cleveland 48HR Film Project

  • Winner of Best Actress Cleveland 48 HR Film Project

  • The Warren Oates Graduate Student Merit Award, University of Louisville


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