Sarah Stiles is an American singer and actress who has been featured in various Off-Broadway and Broadway musicals. She is best known for her two roles, Lucy the Slut and Kate Monster, in the Off-Broadway production of Avenue Q (2002), which ranks 21st on the list of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows in history. The other Off-Broadway show that Sarah is known for is the musical Vanities (2009), in which she played the character of Joanne. Stiles has had many various roles in different productions and shows. As to performing on stage or acting in films, Sarah has never had a preference.
Stiles was born on June 20 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 is currently playing 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 Award winners Donna Murphy and Denis O'Hare.
Along with having performed on many different stages in various off-Broadway shows, Sarah has found the time to be involved in two different albums for two 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. 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 performances
- "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, Beverly, MA, regional revival, 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, Millburn, NJ, Paper Mill Production, 2003 (Frenchy)
- Sarah Stiles Theatre Credits, Broadwayworld.com
- Sarah Stiles, Playbillvault.com
- Sarah Stiles, NewYorkTheatreGuide.com
- Sarah Stiles To Appear In 'Mostly Sondheim' At The Duplex, 9/25
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