Spring on the York College campus

Behind the Scenes with Sarah Sindelar

By Jennifer Hindley '17
Sara Sindelar

During her three years as a Theatre major at YCP, Sarah Sindelar ’16 made the most of every opportunity to broaden and sharpen her theatre skillsets.

Among many other roles, Sarah was the Assistant Stage Manager for the Fall 2013 production of Actor’s Theatre of Louisville Ten Minute Plays: Hour Two, the Stage Manager for the Spring 2014 production of The Infant, and the Scenic Artist and Makeup Artist for the Fall 2014 production of Doubt: A Parable. She also painted for the College’s scene shop.

As a part of the Theatre Program’s classroom curriculum, Sarah was introduced to the many technical elements of a theatre production. One of her most memorable experiences included hanging the light plot for the spring musical as a part of her Lighting Design class.

While much of Sarah’s time was spent fulfilling her countless roles behind the scenes, she also found opportunities to step out from behind the curtain and perform. She acted in the Fall 2014 production of Actor’s Theatre of Louisville Ten Minute Plays: Hour Three, the Spring 2015 production of Guys and Dolls, and the Spring 2015 and 2016 Student Directed One Acts.

Reflecting on some of her favorite parts of YCP’s Theatre Department, Sarah recalled, “I loved the collaboration and teamwork that went into each project and production. They also gave you the opportunity to try new techniques, make mistakes, and learn how to hone your craft.”

After completing an internship with Open Stage of Harrisburg and graduating a year early from YCP, Sarah traveled to Springfield, MO, to take on the position of Assistant Scenic Artist at Missouri State University’s Tent Theatre. Following three months at Tent Theatre, Sarah moved on to become the Scenic Art intern at Virginia Repertory Theatre. In that role since August, she’s been responsible for assisting with the painting process of all this season’s productions.

This has been a monumental undertaking for Sarah who explained, “There are multiple venues under Virginia Repertory Theatre, including the historic November Theatre (previously The Empire Theater), The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, and The Hanover Tavern. We’re in charge of painting all the scenic elements, floor treatments, faux finishes, drops, portals, and sometimes specialty pieces.”

Sarah is grateful for this challenging experience because it’s allowing her to grow as an artist. She’s also looking forward to returning to Tent Theatre this summer as their Scenic Charge Artist and continuing to develop her craft.

Sarah would love to make a lifelong career out of scenic artistry and is particularly passionate about painting for children’s theatre. While she’s still unsure of what her future holds, Sarah knows that painting and the arts will always be an important part of her life. 

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