Sara Graefe started her career in the trenches of Canadian theatre and is a three-time winner of the National Arts Centre’s Young Playwrights Search. Her plays, which include Sadly As I Tie My Shoes, Scribbles, Dreamspyre and Yellow on Thursdays, have been produced as far afield as Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, Yukon’s Nakai Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Sara served as a screenwriter-in-residence at Norman Jewison’s prestigious Canadian Film Centre in Toronto (1998-99), and has worked for many years as a screenwriter and story editor in the BC film industry. A highlight includes a five-season stint in the writing room of Edgemont, CBC-TV’s Gemini and Leo award-winning teen series. She is now working on her own episodic television series, Queer Times, with co-writer Karen X. Tulchinsky. Her new play for young audiences, Worry Wart, is currently in development with Vancouver’s Green Thumb Theatre.
Sara has taught dramatic writing online since the early years of the Opt-Res program. She has also taught traditional Creative Writing and Theatre courses in a variety of settings, including Queen’s University Department of Drama, Langara College Continuing Studies, and INTERPLAY (International Festival of Young Playwrights, Australia). She has been a visiting artist in BC schools, a guest lecturer at various colleges and universities, and a writing mentor for the Vancouver School Board. She lives in East Vancouver with her wife, school-aged son, and two rambunctious, black pugs.