If you thought good fortune in your life is all down to chance, then performer, director and teaching artist Sarah Rose Graber invites you to think again. Sarah Rose has recently undertaken an R&D on this project through which she began to create a new piece of work exploring the question – is good fortune just luck, or is it a state of mind?
Sarah Rose has been working with Mel Woods, Reader at the University of Dundee and founding member of Girl Geeks Scotland who has recently completed a major research award, RCUK SerenA, investigating serendipity, through design prototypes to support information discovery, creativity and innovation. Alongside seeking advice and input from the Studies in Mindfulness programme at the University of Aberdeen.
Open Road is now working with Sarah Rose to explore the possibilities and potential Serendipity as a new piece of theatre with the potential to change the way audiences think about good fortune in their lives.
About Sarah Rose
Sarah Rose Graber, recently named one of 15 Women to Watch in 2015 by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine, is a performer, director, and teaching artist working in both Chicago and the United Kingdom. She received a US-UK Fulbright Scholarship from 2013-14 to study devising theatre. She completed a degree in Theatre and thesis in Performance Studies before training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London which piqued her interest in the international theatre scene. This led to Graber winning the Circumnavigator Scholar Grant in which she traveled completely around the world to study theatre for social change.
Hailed by the Chicago Theatre Beat as “one of the finest comedic actresses in Chicago,” Graber has worked with many US companies and performs with her four-legged furry friends at the Noble Horse Theatre as a horseback rider and dancer in their season.
She’s worked as a professional teaching artist and facilitator for many years and has directed and devised numerous productions, taught classes, led master class and workshops. She also developed the Trailblazer Mentor program at Adventure Stage Chicago which pairs low income youth with Chicago artists to devise socially conscious theatrical works about their community.
Graber is a proud company member with Adventure Stage Chicago, making theatre for young audiences, and is the Co-Founder of Knife & Fork, a company that makes devised work about people’s relationships to food and the body.