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, as well as a bachelor's degree in Cinema-Television from Southern Methodist University. During her time at SMU, she also created a second, interdisciplinary degree in Children's Educational Television. With these two disciplines, Sarah hopes to carve out a career in children's educational media for children that is both entertaining and empowering!
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 been selected to screen at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah, the USA Film Festival, the AFI Film Festival in Dallas and the Atlanta Film Festival.
As a puppeteer, Sarah has trained with Sandglass Theater and 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, continuing there as an improviser for several troupes and also creating the long-form puppet improv troupe "Commerce Street." She has taught puppet-improv training workshops as well as other puppet building workshops for all ages. Her solo puppet works have been selected for the National Puppet Slams of 2013, 2014 and 2015. She has performed as a puppeteer for Puppet Slams around the country, Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival, the Boston Pops Orchestra, EnvisionFEST Hartford, and The Out of Bounds Festival in Austin.