Sarah Rose Graber, is a performer, director, and facilitator working between the US and the UK. Originally from Miami, she moved to Chicago to study theatre at Northwestern University and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London which piqued her interest in the international theatre scene. Graber is a Circumnavigator Scholar Grant winner having traveled around the world to England, South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina exploring theatre for social change. She was awarded a prestigious US-UK Fulbright Grant in 2013 to work with professional theatre companies across the UK researching devising based practices and making interdisciplinary theatrical experiences. Sarah Rose was named “One of 15 Women to Watch” in 2015 by Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine and received the MacArthur International Connections Fund for her production of REPRISE with National Theatre of Scotland’s HOME AWAY Festival in partnership with Adventure Stage Chicago.
In the UK, Graber has worked with the National Theatre of Scotland (TIN FOREST, GRANITE, HOME AWAY, EXCHANGE 2018), Playwrights’ Studio Scotland (STAGE TO PAGE), Fuel (THE ROOF), New Inck (SCENES UNSEEN, GOLD DUST), Tron (TRON 100 FESTIVAL), the LIFT festival (TURFED), Scottish Youth Theatre (BIT BY BIT, CREATIVE SPACES, STEALING STARS), Surge (DIRTY LAUNDRY CAMPAIGN) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (HUNTING OF THE SNARK). Hailed by the Chicago Theatre Beat as “one of the finest comedic actresses in Chicago,” Graber has worked with many US companies including Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens, Collaboraction, Strawdog Theatre, Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Adventure Stage Chicago, the Factory Theater, and Knife & Fork.
In addition to her theatre work, Graber is a horse performer and former company rider at the Noble Horse Theatre. She was part of the creative team for a new show with Klinten Kultur and the Equus Project in Sweden called NATTDANS PA HOVDALA that brought together horseback riding, dance, fire, drumming, and autistic performers. THE PULLMAN PROJECT, her new collaboration with JoAnna Mendl Shaw, is currently in development and uses horses and train cars in the old Pullman train factory of south side Chicago.
Sarah Rose Graber has been working as a professional teaching artist and facilitator since 2005 and has directed and devised numerous productions, led master class workshops and run programs at Northwestern University, Northlight Theatre, Scottish Youth Theatre, Adventure Stage Chicago, Metropolis Performing Arts Center, the Chicago Humanities Festival, National High School Institute Cherub Program, House in the Wood, Actors Gymnasium, and Chicago Academy for the Arts.
She developed the Trailblazer Mentor program at Adventure Stage Chicago which pairs low income youth with Chicago artists to devise socially conscious theatrical works about their community and led Clearbrook on Cue which is a theatre program for adults with special needs.
Graber is a proud ensemble member with Adventure Stage Chicago (WORTHY, SIX STORIES TALL), making theatre for young audiences; The Factory Theater (NEW ADVENTURES OF POPEYE, HEY! DANCIN’!), creating all original work; and is the Co-Founder of Knife & Fork (KITCHEN, BETTER NOW, LAST MEAL MAN), a company that makes feminist driven work about people’s relationships to food and the body.