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Sara Brookner

Sara Brookner is passionate about arts advocacy and community engagement. She currently works as the Foundation Relations Manager at ArtsEmerson in Boston, MA. A freelance dramaturg, she has worked on productions with Fresh Ink Theatre, Boston Public Works, Whistler in the Dark, Cornerstone Theater, and the American Repertory Theater and its Institute. A proud StageSource board member, she also coordinates their Gender Parity Task Force. Sara also serves on MASSCreative’s leadership council, and was a Berkshire Leadership Summit participant. She received her MFA in dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, and a certificate in community-based theatre from Cornerstone Theater’s summer institute.

When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible
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When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible

30 August 2018

Dramaturg Sara Brookner interviews actor/director Megan Simcox about equitable casting, and why they founded ACTive Roles Theatre Company.

Shifting the Leadership Paradigm
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Shifting the Leadership Paradigm

the Berkshire Leadership Summit and Beyond

9 April 2018

Sara Brookner interviews the steering committee of the Berkshire Leadership Summit, which brought together a hundred present and future US and Canadian women leaders to discuss equity and advancement in the theatre field.

Aligning Artistic Practice with “Healthstyle”
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Aligning Artistic Practice with “Healthstyle”

14 March 2018

For the fourth installment of the Chronic Theatremaker series, Sara Brookner interviews playwright Lisa Kenner Grissom about living with lupus and learning to balance her health practice with her writing practice. 

Chronic Theatremakers
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Chronic Theatremakers

Confronting Denial with Robbie McCauley

3 December 2017

Sara Brookner talks to playwright and performer Robbie McCauley about her one-woman show Sugar, and the power of sharing our stories.

Chronic Theatremakers
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Chronic Theatremakers

The Importance of Social Goods and Sharing Your Story

25 October 2017

Dramaturg Sara Brookner interviews playwright Trip Venturella about his experiences as a theatremaker with epilepsy.

Chronic Theatremakers
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Chronic Theatremakers

Emily Mann on Mindset and Living with Multiple Sclerosis

11 September 2017

Dramaturg Sara Brookner kicks off a new series of interviews with theatremakers with chronic illnesses.

The How and the Why of Arts Advocacy
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The How and the Why of Arts Advocacy

1 May 2017

Sara Brookner writes about her experiences and take-aways from participating in National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, and Arts Matter Advocacy Day in Boston, MA.

Howlympics
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Howlympics

Olympic Illusions

10 August 2012

Sara Bookin-Weiner discusses her draw to the Olympics and the illusions behind it

Chronic Theatremakers
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Chronic Theatremakers

A series of interviews with theatremakers who have chronic illnesses.