- MFA Acting, University of Delaware Professional Theatre Training Program
- BA Theatre Arts, Ithaca College
Sara Valentine is a native New Englander with a BA in Theatre Arts from Ithaca College and an MFA in Acting from the University of Delaware Professional Theatre Training Program. She joined the USM faculty in 2016, arriving from Tulane University (New Orleans). Some theatre credits include the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Arden Theatre of Philadelphia, and the Shakespeare Festivals of Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, and Philadelphia, among others.
Since 2004, she has created and performed theatre productions for Really Inventive Stuff, a vaudeville-inspired theatre company that presents programs with symphony orchestras throughout North America.
Sara is a member of Actor’s Equity (AEA), and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA). She is currently completing certification in the Roy Hart Theatre Voice, and studies voice pedagogy with the Centre Artistique International Roy Hart (CAIRH) in Malerargues, France.
At USM, Sara teaches classes in Performance, Voice and Speech for the Actor, Public Speaking, Theatre Workshop, and Capstone/Senior Seminar. She also directs and coaches dialects for the department main stage productions.
USM main stage directing credits: The Language Archive by Julia Cho; Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare; Unlock'd a modern-ish musical by Carner & Gregor; The Women Who Mapped the Stars by Joyce Van Dyke. Additional directing credits: Almost Maine by John Cariani; Still Life with Iris by Stephen Dietz; Dream/Play from August Stindberg; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; A Year with Frog and Toad by Robert & Willie Reale; Alice in Wonderland from Lewis Carroll; Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev.
USM dialect/voice/text coach credits: Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; Tartuffe by Moliere, A Man of No Importance by Flaherty & Ahrens; The Foreigner by Larry Shue. Additional voice/dialect credits: Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams; The Assemblywomen by Aristophanes; Shakespeare's Hamlet and The Taming of the Shrew.