Sarah Roberts
Workshop Leader TRANSPOSITIONS – Reimagining Places and Re-thinking Waste  

Sarah Roberts has worked in theatre for the past 27 years designing sets and costumes for a variety of directors and choreographers, for which she has received much local and acclaim, and numerous awards.

She has a BA Hons in Drama from the University of Natal, Durban [1976] and as a recipient of the Emma Smith Scholarship was able to pursue post graduate studies abroad.   She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Practical Theatre Studies from the University College of Cardiff, and an MA [English – in 20th Century British Theatre] [University of Wales]

She is a full time senior lecturer in design and performance in the drama division of the Wits School of Arts, where she lectures students across a spectrum of the 4 year professional degree course. 

In professional theatre she has created a particular identity for herself as a designer of new emergent drama, mostly associated with the Market Theatre, working with directors such as Barney Simon, Mbongeni Ngema, Gcina Mhlope, Phyllis Klotz , Malcolm Purkey and Janice Honeyman.   She has also been extensively involved in collaborating with choreographers expanding the vocabulary of dance in South Africa, including Jay Pather and Sylvia Glasser,  having collaborated with both on numerous occasions.

Notable career achievements include designing the Broadway  production of Sarafina!  and Township Fever at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in addition to works presented at numerous European and American theatre Festivals.   A recent success has been the production design of John Kani’s highly acclaimed Nothing But the Truth which has played at the Lincoln Centre in New York, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, the American Repertory Theatre in Boston and most recently at the Powerhouse in Brisbane, Australia. 

 In South Africa major works include the design of the concert stage at the Union Buildings for the Inauguration of President Mandela, and the State Theatre Opera stage design for the Heads of State function concluding the Inauguration of President Mbeki in 2004.    She designed the stage for the  Bravo Africa!, Pavarotti, Carreras and Domingos in concert on the Union Buildings lawns.   She has been the production designer for Shoprite Checkers/SATV 2 Woman of the Year Award  in 2003 and again in 2005.  Film credits include the much celebrated Chikin Biznis   

She recently designed the costumes for My Fair Lady, this will be followed by Fangs, a new production of a celebrated South African musical of the seventies, and then a revival of You Strike the Woman! You stike the Rock! To mark the 50th anniversary of the Women’s protest march to the Union Buildings.