Sarah Nolen is a puppeteer and filmmaker from Austin, Texas. She has a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Puppetry from the University of Connecticut, and a BFA in Film from Southern Methodist University. Sarah moved to Boston in 2017, and is currently the third ever Resident Artist at Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline.
As a puppeteer, Sarah has trained with Sesame Workshop, Sandglass Theater and at the National Puppetry Conference at the O’Neill Theater Center. In 2011, she completed a year-long improvisational training program at the Dallas Comedy House, creating the long-form puppet improv troupe “Commerce Street.” She has performed internationally in Canada, Turkey, and Denmark, and in many US productions. Her solo puppet works have been selected for the National Puppet Slams of 2013, 2014 and 2015. She has performed as a puppeteer in puppet slams and festivals around the country, including the Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival, the Boston Pops Orchestra, EnvisionFEST Hartford, and The Out of Bounds Festival in Austin. She performs her own full length family shows at Puppet Showplace Theater, as well as libraries, theaters, and schools around New England. In the Fall of 2018, she is premiering a new hand puppet show, “Judy Punches Back.”
As a puppet builder, Sarah has interned for Puppet Heap in Hoboken, NJ. She has worked for AchesonWalsh Studios, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Central Square Theatre in Boston, and is currently collaboration with Suffolk University as the Puppet Designer for “Loss of Breath: The Unfinished Life and Death of Edgar Allan Poe.” In 2018, she received a Drama Desk Award Nomination for her work with Sinking Ship’s production of “The Hunger Artist.”
As a filmmaker, Sarah has worked as a production coordinator for nationally-syndicated television shows on networks such as CMT & HGTV. Her short films have screened at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah, the USA Film Festival, the AFI Film Festival in Dallas and the Atlanta Film Festival. In 2015, she received the Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship for her television project, “Treeples.”