Sarah Bierstock has been nominated for the Blackburn Prize and Primus Prize and is a proud member of both the Playwrights Collective at Florida Studio Theater (FST) the Dorset Theatre Festival’s Women Artists Writing group (DTFWAW). She has received commissions from Center Stage (Baltimore), the Neo-Political Cowgirls, and FST for her play, Pandora’s Suitcase, which was featured at the Children’s Reading Series at The Boise Contemporary Theater (Boise, Idaho) and had its initial production at the Theater at Monmouth (Monmouth, ME.)
Her first play, Honor Killing, received initial development through the John Drew Theater Lab at Guild Hall (East Hampton). It went on to a world premiere that ran for eight weeks at Florida Studio Theatre (FST) to full capacity audiences. It received its second production at Athena Project in Denver, CO. Honor Killing was read at WAM Theater in West Stockbridge, CT, as part of the Fresh Takes Series. In 2017, it was one of three plays featured in the New Works Reading Series at the Athena Theater, FST’s Sarasota Festival of New Plays, and the PROJECT W Festival at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City (InProximity Theater). Sarah received the award for Runner up for The Woodward International Playwriting Prize at the University of New Hampshire earlier in 2017, where two readings of Honor Killing were conducted both at the University of New Hampshire and the 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH. Other accolades for Honor Killing include: Honorable Mention for the Bridge Initiative Playwriting Contest: Playwright of the Year Award, Finalist for the 2017 Ashland New Play Festival, Semi-Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (2017), Semi- Finalist for the Premier Stages 2017 Play Festival, Semi-Finalist for the Id Theaters 2017 Playwriting Conference, Finalist for the Hudson River Artists Playwriting Award (2017), final consideration for the PlayPenn New Play Development Conference (2017), Semi-Finalist for 2016 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and Semi-Finalist for Stage Left Theatre’s Playwriting Residency (Chicago, 2017). Her play, The Glue People (formerly called MAD) was workshopped at FST as part of the 2018 Playwrights Collective and the Spring of 2019 as part of the NNPN's Women in Playwriting Festival. The Glue People was featured at Contemporary Theater Arts Festival (CATF) in 2022 in its inaugural Fall New Works Series. Sarah’s play, Grace’s Land 2.0, has been acquired by TRW Plays.
On stage, as an actor, Sarah has toured nationally on the productions of Lewis & Clark and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Off-Broadway, Ms. Bierstock has been seen in the musical Chess (Lincoln Center), Jacques Brel Returns (The Triad), Committed: The Musical (West End Theater), and Gift of the Magi (The Schoolhouse Theater). Other stage highlights include Mary Hatch in It’s a Wonderful Life (The Chain Theater), Wendy in the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Peter Pan (the Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara, CA) and Virtue in Anything Goes (the Tri-Arts Theater, now called the Sharon Playhouse, CT). Sarah resides in New York City with her husband and two red headed little girls and is currently writing and rewriting new plays, and has launched a multi-media production company, Pass The Salt Productions, LLC. . Its initial project, Wasabi: Bits for the Mind is a series of 6 micro-films. The first film, “O, Brave New World” won the Audience Award from TMFF (and nominated for Best Experimental Short) and was nominated for the Powerful Voice Award and Best Sound design by the Blackbird Film Festival. The second film in the series, “Many Worlds Theory” is being developed through Reel Works. She is also the Artistic Affairs Associate for SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Union).
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