A former Grade One teacher, Sara has worked as an actor both locally and internationally in theatre, film, and TV and voice since 1996. Her screen credits include playing Will McInnis’ daughter in the multi-award winning 2001 mini-series My Brother Jack (Channel 10), as well as roles in Rosehaven (ABC), My Place Series 2 (ABC), The Kettering Incident (BBC/Foxtel), the Canadian/Australian feature film Arctic Blast, Noirhouse (ABC iview), and multiple short films and TV commercials. Sara voices multiple characters for international animation series including; Megabites (ABC), Pixel Pinkie (Channel 9), Buzz Bumble (Channel GO!) and Fanshaw and Crudnut – the telemovie.
Sara’s 50 professional stage credits include touring to Shanghai with Terrapin’s Explosion Therapy (winner “Most Outstanding Production” – 2008 International Children’s Theatre Festival, Shanghai), It’s Partly about Love – It’s Partly about Massacre, Sick and The Berry Man for The Tasmanian Theatre Company, Dream Masons (Ten Days on the Island), the premiere season of the AWGIE winning Beyond the Neck and The Effect for Loud Mouth Theatre Company.
Sara was nominated for Best Actress at The inaugural 2015 Errols for her performance in the Tasmanian Theatre Company’s The Berry Man, and in 2015 won Most Outstanding Actress at the Rome WebAwards for Noirhouse (ABC iview). Committed to professional development, Sara has continued to train in improvisation, clowning, screen acting and more, under world renowned practitioners; Ivana Chubbuck (L.A.), Aleksi Vellis, Di Drew, Improbable Theatre (U.K), Phillipe Gaulier (France), Justus Neumann (Austria), Tom Greder and Clare Bartholomew, Laura Sheedy; Rowena Balos (L.A.). She has also completed workshops in audition technique with casting directors from The Great Gatsby, Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries and Mission Impossible 2.
I have watched Cooper Screen Academy grow over the years and have been so impressed by the commitment of Sara and her team. They have been very encouraging and supportive of my daughter who has pushed through her comfort zone which has enable her to accept roles in opportunities as a direct result of Sara's fantastic network in the industry. I highly recommend this wonderful Academy for anyone who wants to learn and grow in this industry.
If you're looking to learn the ups and downs of a film set, screen acting technique and a truckload of industry know-how, then CSA is the place to be.
You'd think, being over 60, that I'd stick out like a sore thumb among the young adults at CSA: but never once did I feel out of place. Sara has the ability to make everyone feel welcome, provides opportunities for all ages to get involved, and is constant in encouragement and enthusiasm. Does that sound over the top? Nope - inspiring. #Iwanttobelikeher
CSA helped me realise the possibilities of achieving a career in the film industry, even within Tasmania. Sara's skills and knowledge gave me the extra nudge to get me to where I am, plus connections and opportunities for the future.
Having been a student myself and this weekend used students from CSA in a film shoot I strongly recommend this training. If you are interested in this industry the knowledge you learn from Cooper Screen is vital and it makes for some very professional talent!!