Sarah Usary is a freelance stage manager based in the DMV and 2017 graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. When she’s not in the theatre, she’s climbing a mountain somewhere.
As a kid growing up in rural, western Maryland I was always drawn to the community I found in the arts and the serenity I found in the woods near my home. My interest in stage management and technical theatre began in early high school when I joined the crew for Boonsboro High School’s production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and instantly fell in love with the sense of community and purpose I found in working with the cast and crew.
Since then, I have earned my BFA in Theatre Design and Production from Shenandoah Conservatory and worked as a freelance stage manager throughout northern Virginia.
As a stage manager...
My goal is to create a safe and organized environment in which artistic and technical teams can collaborate and create. I want my cast and crew to feel comfortable, engaged, and ready to work. I make sure to create a clear line of communication with all of my collaborators to ensure that the process moves smoothly and efficiently.
A successful stage manager leads with care and effective communication.
As a hiker...
I go at my own pace and I leave no trace. When I’m not in the theatre, I can be found either backpacking through the Appalachian mountains, fishing and swimming in the Potomac river, or driving my RAV4 cross country in search of new peaks. In the spring of 2017, I had the privilege to hike half of the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, GA to my hometown, Boonsboro, MD. Since then, I’ve been working on section hiking the rest of the trail. You can read about my journey and my future hikes on my Instagram; I hope to have the blog back up again soon!
I hope to complete the rest of the Appalachian Trail in a series of sections over the next few years. I have 1,021 miles left.
“A period recourse into the wilds is not a retreat into secret silent sanctums to escape a wicked world, it is to take breath amid effort to forge a better world.” -Benton Mackaye, who first presented his idea for “An Appalachian Trail” in 1921