Sara Noah began her career in the theater performing shows in her garage on Saturday mornings with her sisters. At the high price of a nickel per seat, productions were enjoyed by many of the children in her Los Gatos, CA neighborhood. She was also fortunate enough to be raised by artistic parents, who took her and her sisters at a young age to see touring Broadway musicals. Her love for the theater was born and continued throughout middle school, where here Drama teacher, Mrs. Norma Wright, took her and a group of 7th and 8th graders to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR. Sara has been so thrilled to follow in Mrs. Wright’s footsteps and take many groups of students to Ashland in her years as a teacher. She also became involved in Drama in high school, taking part in such productions as The Crucible, Harvey, and Arsenic and Old Lace.
Sara majored in Acting Performance at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She was thrilled to be chosen to take part in the American Heritage program and study in London, England for a semester. She was able to see some amazing theater, including the original cast production of Cats. At Willamette, Sara’s credits included Ghosts, The Learned Ladies, and Talley’s Folly. After college, Sara took part in an internship at the Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk, Virginia.
After college, Sara spent several years working with theaters in the Bay Area, most notably TheaterWorks and San Jose Musical Theater. She also began teaching at that time, working with students from preschool to high schoolers putting on productions and teaching theater classes. She made the decision to earn her Master’s Degree in Theater Arts at San Jose State, focusing her thesis on Film. Some favorite roles during that time period were Lizzie in Baby, Lou Ann in Lou Ann Hamptom Laverty Oberlander, Queen Margaret in Richard III, and Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
When Sara moved to the Sacramento area, she continued teaching music and theater to all age-level students, including adults. She also performed her best work, which was her amazing kids, all of whom are creative people in their own right: musicians, artists, and dancers. Sara taught Drama, English, and Film at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks for 10 years. Favorite shows directed at Bella Vista were The Importance of Being Earnest, Fiddler on the Roof, The Rimers of Eldritch, and The Music Man. Sara moved to Bear River High School in the fall of 2016 and is thrilled to be living and working here. She has also returned to acting over the past several years, appearing in Legacy Production’s Barefoot in the Park, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and A Christmas Carol. She performed in Sierra Stage’s Chicago and A New Brain.