Sarah Stiles (born June 20, 1979) is an American singer and actress known for her work in Off-Broadway and Broadway theatre.
She performed the role of Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q , and performed in the musical Vanities, in which she played the character of Joanne. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2015 for her performance in Hand to God.
Early life Edit
Stiles was born on June 20, 1979 in Massachusetts and was later raised in New Hampshire. As a child, she attended Strafford Elementary School. After middle school, Stiles began her high school career at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy in New Hampshire. Growing up, Sarah aspired to be a performer but also had the dreams of being a fashion designer. She then decided that if she ever found time in the future, she would pursue a career in fashion designing.
At the age of twelve, Sarah started getting involved with theater productions in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Her first role was when she played the lead character in Annie at the Seacoast Repertory Theater. As a teenager, Stiles played two other major roles while living in New Hampshire: Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and Cinderella in Cinderella. Stiles loved the performing arts so much that she spent her summers working at the Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth.
Before she got involved with Broadway productions, she trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, close to where she now resides, in Harlem. Sarah is most known for her two roles in the Off-Broadway production Avenue-Q, which is the story of a college student who moves to New York City with big dreams but lives on Avenue-Q and has very little money. Stiles plays Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut, who are two puppets that she controls throughout the show. Jason Moore, the director of Avenue-Q, gave her the opportunity to be involved in this production. He first noticed Stiles while she was auditioning for the show, Vanities. After he saw her audition, Moore called her in, to replace the role played by Mary Faber. Stiles ended up taking over Anika Larsen's spot, after she left the production of Avenue-Q.
After Stiles spent much of her time in the production of Avenue-Q, she later was offered the role of Joanne in Vanities, a project that Sarah had been involved with for a period of two years. Vanities was located at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California, but eventually was moved to Second Stage in New York. This role in Vanities eventually led Sarah to be involved in recording an album for the songs.
She played the role of Little Red Riding Hood in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical Into the Woods at the Delacorte Theater in New York as part of Shakespeare in the Park. She stars opposite Academy Award nominee Amy Adams and Tony Awardwinners Donna Murphy and Denis O'Hare.
In 2017, Stiles appeared in the Epix television series Get Shorty.
Along with having performed on many different stages in various off-Broadway shows, Sarah has found the time to be involved in three different albums for three plays. Her first album recording was singing for the role of Joanne, for the musical, Vanities the Musical. Her second album recording was when she sang the character Nazirah for the musical, The Road to Qatar. Most recently, she can be heard on the album for the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach as the Spider. Aside from album recordings, Stiles and her friend Howie have been working on their sketches for their comedy channel on YouTube. The YouTube channel is called Sillyocity, and together, the two of them combine their ideas to make short comedic webisodes.
Stage credits Edit
- Stage performances
- Hand to God, Broadway, 2015 (Jessica)
- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Broadway, 2011 (Muriel)
- The Road to Qatar, Off-Broadway, York Theatre Company Production, 2011 (Nazirah)
- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, national tour, 2006 (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre)
- Doctor Dolittle, touring revival, 2006 (performer)
- What a Glorious Feeling, New York, reading, 2006 (performer)
- The Full Monty, North Shore Music Theatre, 2005 (Estelle Genovese)
- Captain Louie, original Off-Broadway production, 2005 (performer)
- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Broadway transfer, 2005 (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre [Understudy][Replacement]; Marcy Park [Understudy] [Replacement]; Olive Ostrovsky [Understudy] [Replacement])
- Summer, New York, reading, 2003 (Ensemble/Other Roles)
- Avenue Q, Broadway transfer, 2003 (Kate Monster [Replacement]; Lucy The Slut [Replacement]; Other Characters [Replacement])
- Grease, Paper Mill Playhouse, 2003 (Frenchy)
- The Wizard of Oz, North Shore Music Theatre, 2002 (Dorothy)