Sarah Knapp wrote the lyrics for the critically acclaimed musical, The Immigrant, which premiered off-Broadway at the CAP21 Theatre in 2000 and again at Dodger Stages in 2004, and has been seen at the Denver Center Theatre Company, Miami's Coconut Grove Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, and Northlight Theatre in Chicago and the Westport Country Playhouse. The Immigrant is published by Samuel French and its 2004 cast recording is on Ghostlight Records.
Sarah 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, which premiered at Maine State. Her musical, The Library, was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts production grant, and was produced at NYU-TSOA and at Stamford Theatre Works (Connecticut). She is currently at work on a chamber opera, Rappaccini’s Daughter. The Audition, a music theatre piece, was selected for performance in Manhattan Class Company’s Festival of Short Works. She recently provided the lyrics for the highly successful Golden Books Read-In. She served on the selection panel for the National Endowment for the Arts–New American Works.
Sarah performed on Broadway in The Scarlet Pimpernel, the Broadway workshop of Jekyll and Hyde, and many off-Broadway productions, including the original Nunsense (Amnesia), Smoke on the Mountain, The “No-Frills” Revue, Godspell, and Gifts of the Magi. She has appeared as Madame Vinard in Svengali (Asolo and Alley Theatres), Mrs. Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas (Cincinnati Playhouse), and other major roles in theatres around the country. She toured Europe in renowned avant-gardist Richard Foreman’s Africanis Instructus. Recordings: Gifts of the Magi, Scarlet Pimpernel (concept and original cast recording), and Harold Arlen/Vernon Duke Revisited, No. 2. She can be spotted on several Law & Order reruns.