Sarah Waisvisz

Sarah Waisvisz

Assistant Professor

B.A. Hon (McGill University), M.A. (McGill University), PhD (Carleton University)

Directing, Playwriting, Theatre Studies, Dramaturgy, Music and Culture


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With Afro-Caribbean, French, Dutch, and Jewish heritage, Sarah lives at the intersection. She is a playwright, dramaturge, and multi-disciplinary performer with training in dance and physical theatre (classical ballet, puppetry, acrobatics, stilts, West African dance styles). Her solo script Monstrous, about the Afro-Caribbean-diaspora experience and mixed-race identity, was published in 13.3 and performed at b current’s rock.paper.sistahs festival in Toronto and across Canada and the US. Her 2-act play Heartlines (about queer-Jewish activists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore), premiered to sold-out audiences at Ottawa’s 2020 undercurrents festival and had a sold-out mainstage run at Great Canadian Theatre (GCTC) in 2022; Heartlines will be published in December 2023 by Methuen Drama (Bloomsbury UK) . Sarah has been Artist-in-Residence at GCTC and at the National Arts Centre. She is currently working on Double Helix, an Afro-futurist, magical-realist play about the African diaspora, and she directed Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s Witness Shift for Obsidian Theatre and CBC Arts as part of the filmed anthology 21 Black Futures. Sarah is Assistant Professor at the DAN School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University