Sarah Rasmussen was appointed Artistic Director of the Jungle in the summer of 2015. Since then, she’s carried on the Jungle hallmarks of masterful acting and exquisite design, while also bringing compelling new voices to the Jungle stage. As a director, she loves plays that have a sense of humor, grace and strong roles for women – both onstage and behind the scenes.
"Under Rasmussen’s dynamic leadership, it seems likely the Jungle will continue to house several of each year’s most-anticipated productions for a long time to come." - City Pages
Sarah directed the first show of the 2016 Season, an all-female production of William Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The following season, she directed the 2017 season hit shows Lone Star Spirits and Fly By Night. And, in 2018, she will helm The Wolves, a standout play about a young women’s soccer team.
Sarah also directed the Jungle’s production of In the Next Room in 2012, which won the IVEY Award for Overall Excellence. Since becoming Artistic Director, she was named Best New Face in Theater as part of The Star Tribune’s Best of MN 2016, City Pages Artist of the year in 2016, and was one of MPLS. St. Paul Magazine’s 52 Reasons to Love the Twin Cities in 2017. Most recently, Sarah was named one of Minnesota Women's Press Changemakers in December 2017.
Sarah is also a passionate advocate for arts education and engagement. In her tenure, she started JungleWrites, an initiative that teaches playwriting and offers professional theater mentorship to teenage girls, free of charge. She also started Stay Late at the Jungle, which provides an artist-led talkback after every performance.
Before Sarah became the Jungle’s Artistic Director, she served as Associate Professor and Head of the MFA Directing Program at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the recipient of the 2011 Princess Grace Award, Drama League and Fulbright Fellowships and alum of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. She also served for three seasons as Resident Director for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab, a new-work-development program.
Nationally, Sarah has been a champion for developing and directing new work. Recent directing credits include work at the Guthrie, Dallas Theater Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab, Women’s Project Theater, Ten Thousand Things and Mixed Blood Theatre.
Learn more about Sarah's work on her website.