Sarah Rasmussen was appointed Artistic Director in summer 2015. She labels her vision for the theater, “Yes, and…”: Yes to continuing to distinguish the Jungle with compelling stories that respect the intelligence of audiences, and to creating space for new voices that spark meaningful dialogue. Rasmussen will continue to focus on masterful acting and exquisite design—hallmarks of the Jungle for more than 25 years.
“…we are clearly persuaded that the new artistic director has opened the Jungle to a new era."
Sarah directed the first show of the 2016 season, an all-female production of William Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona. She was recently named Best New Face in Theater as part of the Star Tribune Best of MN 2016.
Previously at the Jungle, Sarah directed In the Next Room in 2012, which won the IVEY Award for overall excellence. She most recently served as Associate Professor and Head of the MFA Directing Program at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the recipient of the 2011 Princess Grace Award, Drama League and Fulbright Fellowships and alum of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. She served for three seasons as Resident Director for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab, a new work development program.
Nationally, Sarah has directed and developed new work at the La Jolla Playhouse, Humana Festival, Marin Theatre Company, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Hangar Theater, SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab, PlayPenn, Women’s Project Theater, The Lark, and the Dallas Theater Center. Locally, Sarah has directed for Ten Thousand Things and Mixed Blood Theatre. She made her Guthrie Theater directing debuting in the fall of 2016 with Kate Hamill's adaptation of the Jane Austen classic Sense and Sensibility.