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Stage Director + Verbatim Theatre Maker



I am compelled by art that stretches our minds, delights our imagination, and opens our hearts. I'm inspired by theatre that challenges assumptions and invites us to look at ourselves and others in a new light. I love stories that illuminate the past and in doing so teach us about the presentI believe my role as an artist is humanist, truth-seeker, consciousness-raiser and community-builder.  

I believe that theatre, like so many art forms has the power to heal, connect, and transform individuals and communities. In this time of growing division, despair, and isolation, the theatre is a sacred gathering space where we choose to join our neighbors from all walks of life to share and listen to stories, and observe our humanity on display...

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Sarah Butts is a Northwest Based theatre director, teaching artist and verbatim theatre maker with an MFA - Directing from University of CA – Irvine. Companies she has worked with include Seattle Repertory, Village Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, Southcoast Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Long Beach Playhouse, UC Irvine and Grandstreet Theatre. Select directing credits include Every Brilliant Thing, Newsies, These Shining Lives, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Doubt and RENT.   


She has written & directed several original verbatim- theatre works addressing topics including mental health & stigma, trauma, post 2016 presidential election and child loss & grief. A Heart Without: Real Stories of Homelessness (Director) was recognized at the 2012 Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness Conference in New York. Sarah is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). 

"Sarah is one of the most delightful, inspiring, and collaborative directors I have ever worked with."

- CRAIG h. 



Verbatim THEATRE.

Verbatim WORKS 

I Hear That, I Hear You (Writer | DIRECTOR)

derived from interviews with American of diverse political beliefs in response to the 2016 presidential election

Forever Changed (Writer | Director)

child loss from the perspective of mothers

Piece of Mind (Collaborator)

addressing mental health and stigma

The odyssey project (director)

addressing mental health and stigma

Contra la Corriente | Against the Current (Collaborator)

telling the stories of Latino Service Workers at UC Irvine


Reflecting the depth and breadth of struggles facing students and educators in Montana

Verbatim Theatre is a form of documentary theatre that uses the spoken or written words of real people. Content is generated through one-on-one or group interviews, writing prompts and story circles. 

Sarah is passionate about this form of theatre making. Works of this nature evoke empathy, compassion and deeper understanding and are  trigger rich and important community dialogue.   

Reproductions | Resources: If you are interested in producing a Verbatim script or using one as a resource for your community organization Click Here

Select Productions


Every Brilliant Thing Preview at Mill Mountain Theatre

Every Brilliant Thing Preview at Mill Mountain Theatre

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