As September begins, college students across the country are returning to their classes. But for those who recently graduated with degrees in theatre, many are wondering, “How do I begin my career?” To help answer this daunting question, TCG talks with theatre director Sarah Cameron Sunde to learn how she got her start.
Ten years ago, Sunde moved to New York City with limited savings and no professional contacts. She was determined to become a director, and she vowed to never take a full-time job because she felt it would keep her from creating art. Today, Sunde works part-time as the associate director of the Obie-winning, downtown theatre company New Georges, and spends the rest of the week working on her own projects. She has developed and directed new plays that have premiered at New Georges, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 3LD Art & Technology Center, Guthrie Theater and 59E59 Theaters, among others. Her thirst for new work fueled Sunde’s interest in contemporary plays in translation. She is credited as being the first director to bring Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse’s work to the U.S. and she has directed and translated three of his plays for Oslo Elsewhere . Sunde’s productions led The New York Times to call Fosse’s work “fierce poetic simplicity,” and her translations have been published by the Performing Arts Journal. She was named a “Person of the Year” by nytheatre.com in 2009, and she is the recipient of several awards and honors including the Princess Grace Directing Award. Sunde is currently working on Kim Schultz’s new play No Place Called Home, which will open in New York City in October.
Check out the video below to learn how Sarah Cameron Sunde jumpstarted her career!
If you’re a theatre professional working in the biz, tell us how you got started. Share your career advice with recent grads in the comments section below.