Sara Morgulis (formerly Sarah Hunter Orr) is an applied theatre artist and educator who is dedicated to engaging young people through accessible and inclusive theatre practices. She holds an MA in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York and a BFA in Acting with a Minor in Education Studies from Syracuse University. Sara co-presented her master’s thesis research on using theatre in peer education at the 2013 American Alliance for Theatre and Education conference and published her research about training young people to be applied theatre peer facilitators in a 2015 special issue of Research in Drama Education:The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. She serves as the Associate Director of Education at New York City Children’s Theater, where she develops curriculum and leads theatre residencies and interactive anti-bullying workshops (one of which she co-wrote). She also serves as the Director of Education and Outreach at Actionplay, an organization dedicated to providing people on the autism spectrum equal access to the arts through programming, professional development, and training modules. Sara has also worked onstage as a teaching artist and actor at several regional theatres across the country including People’s Light and Theatre Company, Syracuse Stage, and Asolo Repertory Theatre. At Asolo Repertory Theatre, she spearheaded their Kaleidoscope program, a multi-site musical theatre residency program for people with developmental disabilities.
In May of 2015, Sara used the funding from the Ann Shaw Fellowship to travel to London and observe the work of Oily Cart Theatre to learn about their methods of creating and performing theatre for young people with complex disabilities (Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities or an Autistic Spectrum Condition). Over ten days, she interviewed and observed the Oily Cart company in rehearsal and performance as they re-launched their multi-sensory show, The Bounce. Upon returning to New York, Sara felt inspired and ready to create an innovative new touring show for New York City Children’s Theater. In the summer of 2015, Sara and the Director of Education Brooke Boertzel co-created FIVE, an interactive multimedia musical designed to serve students with special needs and the very young. In this immersive show, students follow a puppet named Piper as he visits all five boroughs of New York City to learn about his five senses. FIVE engages students through videos, live music, puppetry, and sensory objects. In Fall 2015, Sara and Brooke presented their research and creation process for the show at the ARTWORKS Art Education conference. FIVE began touring to schools in January 2016 and will reach thousands of students across New York City’s five boroughs in the years to come.
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