Sarah Gehring, our Directing Apprentice, hails all the way from Ohio (Cincinnati, then Columbus). Learn more about her, below, and be sure to say hi when you see her at our shows!
Portland Playhouse: Where did you study?
Sarah: The Ohio State University
PPH: Whats a shameless brag you want the world to know?
Sarah: I can sing "One Week" by the Barenaked Ladies perfectly, at tempo.
PPH: What was your "a-ha" moment that made you realize you wanted to be a director?
Sarah: For my thesis project at Ohio State, I wanted to play the lead in Equus. I searched for a director for the project but couldn't find anyone who would direct me in the role. I realized then that I cared more about my concept for the character and the show than I cared about being on stage. The process of putting that show on would make me realize my strength as a director.
PPH: What are you most looking forward to in Apprenticeship?
Sarah: Right now, I am looking forward to working with Elliot, the Director of Community Partnerships for HOW TO END POVERTY. Developing a community of support in and around the theatre is some of the most important work there is to be done right now.
PPH: What did you want to be when you were five years old?
PPH: Who do you admire?
Sarah: I admire people who smile when they're losing at board games, because they have a peace with this world that I may never know.
PPH: Tell us about your favorite role to date.
Sarah: I played about 10 characters as an ensemble member of "Richard 3D", which was Shakespeare's Richard III presented as a musical comedy with puppets. Throughout that play, I played Prince Edward, and his brother the prince of York, Dorset, as well as Richard's arms and/or feet, and a handful of other characters.
PPH: Any hobbies outside of Theater?
Sarah: Rock climbing, board and card games, reading and writing, and learning how to sight read music.
PPH: What are you listening to in your car (or iPod) right now?
Sarah: Marina and the Diamonds, Bleachers, and Welcome to Nightvale.
Thanks, Sarah - Welcome aboard!