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BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW

With over 25 years in the business Sarah has combined her work as a performer and creative (actress, voice artist, director, script editor, producer) with her training and experience as an agent, coach and mentor.

Sarah began her career as an actress in Africa after completing a Masters Degree in Criminology at University of Cambridge. Arriving in Kenya as a post graduate student she found herself working in theatre, film and commercials including 'Out of Africa' directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Meryl Streep.  Sarah was invited to join Nairobi's Repertory company at the famed Donovan Maule Theatre as well as touring the country in such productions as 'Happy as a Sandbag' and classics including plays by Alan Ayckbourn and John Cheever and regular work as a voice artist. 

 

On returning to the UK to raise her family Sarah trained as a Career Consultant and Coach at Manchester Metropolitan University, working with school leavers, college students and young people interested in going to Drama School and pursuing a career in acting.

   

On moving back to London, where Sarah was born, she worked in Career Consultancy helping adults experiencing redundancy. She specialised in those seeking a complete career change.  Sarah worked with both Coutts Career Consultants and Right Management writing and presenting courses on career change and self-marketing. Her clients included, London Stock Exchange, BCCI, National Power, Department for Employment, British Rail to name but a few.  She also worked as a personal coach with individual clients' on their self-marketing, crafting CVs, self-presentation and interview technique using video and group work as well as 1 to 1 counselling. 

Sarah's love of performance resurfaced in the late 1990s when she won a place at Guildford School of Acting.  Her love of music and acting was ably assisted by this excellent drama school which was a springboard for Sarah's ongoing successful career.  Since graduating Sarah has worked across all areas of the industry, performing in theatre, film and television both in the UK and internationally, voicing numerous commercials and corporate films as well as audiobooks. 

In 2000 Sarah was selected to join the MA programme in Producing Film and Television at London University working with the iconic producer TONY GARNETT  (KES, BALLYKISSANGEL, THIS LIFE) and BARRY HANSON (THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY).  On graduating Sarah went on to work for Talkback Thames TV as a Storyliner and Script Editor on the daily drama 'Family Affairs', developing and widening her experience of work in television, working with artists and writers developing scripts for both screen and theatre. 

 

ACTRESS/VOICE ARTIST/SINGER

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Represented by SAVAGES PERSONAL MANAGEMENT

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SCRIPT EDITOR

BARMY DALE (Radio Comedy) - Script Editor

FAMILY AFFAIRS (Talkback Thames) - Storyliner and Script Editor

On going Script development for theatre, film and television

AGENT AND MENTOR

SAVAGES PERSONAL MANAGEMENT.  Highly regarded London boutique theatrical agency

and member of The Personal Managers Association.  Sarah is a Director and consultant for

Savages Personal Management, specialising in casting, self-tapes delivery and mentoring

including Spotlight zoom sessions offering advice and support for professional actors.

Prior to this Sarah worked with Michael Foster at Artists' Rights Group and was mentored by the legendary Agent, Bernard Hunter.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR

ARTFUL THEATRE set up with Justin Savage, the commissioner and original producer of stage versions of Roald Dahl's THE BFG and THE WITCHES. Artful produced the 50th anniversary production of THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE directed by Scott Le Crass.

LONDON THEATRE WORKSHOP.  A new performance venue in London producing new plays and classics. Productions included FOUR BY TENN, (4/5 Star reviews) four short plays by Tennessee Williams. FRINGE ON THE FRINGE bringing 28 different acts to the stage prior to their Edinburgh Festival run. JUST ANOTHER LOVE STORY,  THE LARAMIE PROJECT and a A CATERED AFFAIR which Sarah co-directed.  

ODDKASST THEATRE COMPANY Productions included:

THE MASTER BUILDER by Henrik Ibsen. Tristan Bates : Directed by Odd Christian Hagen

ORIGINAL SPIN by Simon Warne, Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly/ New End Theatre:  Directed by Sarah Shelton

TRUTH TALKS by Simon Warne, Southwark Playhouse: Directed by Tristan Brolly

THE TWO HERMIONES by Simon Warne, Touring: Directed by Ramsay Gilderdale


Sarah wrote and produced SADIE AND THE FADED LADIES - Brighton Fringe. (Runner Up Best Cabaret).

CASTING PROJECTS INCLUDE:

ORIGINAL SPIN :  1960s Period comedy:  Criterion Theatre and New End Theatre, Hampstead

TRUTH TALKS : Southwark Playhouse

THE TWO HERMIONES (Musical Comedy) : Electric Theatre and tour

FOUR BY TENN (An evening of 4 Tennessee Williams early short plays) : Drayton Arms Theatre

SADIE AND THE FADED LADIES (Musical Comedy) Leicester Square Theatre, Brighton Fringe Festival

THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE by Frank Marcus, Artful Theatre

If you would like to contact Sarah please go to the contacts page or send an email via the link below

sarahsheltonactor@gmail.com

 

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