Actor, Bookwriter, Lyricist
The Immigrant, Men & Angels, The Library, Rappaccini’s Daughter, The Audition
Sarah Knapp wrote the lyrics for the critically acclaimed musical, The Immigrant, which premiered at the CAP21 Theatre, was produced at the Denver Center Theatre Company, Miami's Coconut Grove Playhouse, the Arizona Theatre Company (Tucson and Phoenix), and Northlight Theatre (Chicago), and which opened off-Broadway in the fall of 2004. She received a commissioning grant from Maine State Music Theater and the National Alliance of Musical Theatre Producers for the writing of Chamberlain, A Civil War Romance (retitled Men & Angels), which premiered at Maine State in the summer of 1996. Her musical, The Library, was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts production grant in 1993, and was produced at NYU-Tisch School of the Arts and at Stamford Theatre Works (Connecticut). Both Chamberlain and The Library were selected for development at the prestigious New Harmony Project (Indiana). She is currently at work on a chamber opera, Rappaccini’s Daughter with music by Steven M. Alper. The
Audition, a music theatre piece, was selected for performance in Manhattan Class Company’s Festival of Short Works (New York City). She provided the lyrics for the highly successful Golden Books Read-In. She has served on the Opera-Musical Theatre selection panel for the National Endowment for the Arts–New American Works.
As a performer, Ms. Knapp has been seen on Broadway in The Scarlet Pimpernel; off-Broadway: Amnesia in the original Nunsense, Smoke on the Mountain, "No-Frills" Revue, Godspell, Gifts of the Magi, Opal, The Wonderful "O". Broadway workshop: Lily in Jekyll and Hyde. Regionally: Madame Vinard in Svengali at Asolo and Alley Theatres. Mrs. Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas (aka at Cincinnati Playhouse and The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at Maine State Music Theatre. Two Annie 2's: Kennedy Center, and then as Grace at Goodspeed. European tour: Eleanor in Richard Foreman's Africanis Instructus. Recordings: Gifts of the Magi, Scarlet Pimpernel (Original Broadway Cast and Concept recordings), and Harold Arlen/Vernon Duke Revisited, No. 2.
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