Sarna Lapine is currently mounting the 2nd National Tour of South Pacific based on Bartlett Sher’s Lincoln Center Theater Production. Broadway Associate and Assistant Director credits include: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sondheim on Sondheim, South Pacific, Awake and Sing! and The Light in the Piazza. Regional and Off-Broadway credits include: resident director, 1st National Tour of South Pacific; director, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, Intiman Theatre; Community Programs Associate for Singing Forest by Craig Lucas and Love and Taxes by Josh Kornbluth, Intiman Theatre. Sarna has worked as a creative consultant on: new musicals in development, as well as cabaret shows for artists such as Paulo Szot and Emily Bergl. She has directed readings of new works at venues such as AracaWorks at Ars Nova, New York Theatre Workshop, Dixon Place and the Depot Theatre.
Feature film: Assistant to Writer/Director Nicole Holofcener, Please Give (2010). Short films: Producer, Sinkhole by Eric Scherbarth (2009); Writer/Director, Self-Defense produced by Kristen Konvitz (2008); Producer, Human Resources by Jonathan van Tulleken (2007); Director/Co-Producer, Lucía, written by Juan Raigada Fernandez (2007); Writer/Producer, Last Exit, directed by Jeff Sousa (2006); Director/Producer, My Saraab, a documentary (2005). Sarna received her M.F.A. from Columbia University, School of the Arts, Film Division (2009). She was honored with the IFP/Marcie Bloom Fellowship (2008-09) as well as the film division’s casting and producing fellowships.
Prior to working in the entertainment industry Sarna spent a decade climbing mountains and rock faces all over the world. She worked as a professional climbing guide and experiential educator for organizations such as Outward Bound and Passages Northwest. She also worked in arts education with youth in (and out of) the juvenile justice system. Sarna's passion for storytelling has been shaped by her adventures and her belief that the arts can influence social change.
Self-Defense is about a single mother who reluctantly embraces her independence while teaching her teenage daughter how to do the same.
Self-Defense (2008) is a short narrative film made in partial-fulfillment of the graduate MFA program in film at Columbia University.
A young woman who lives alone with her father bargains her innocence to save his life.
Lucía is a short experimental narrative shot in Estremaúra, Western Spain.
A political refugee from Iraq transforms struggle
into hope through his art.
My Saraab is a short documentary about Iraqi sculptor Sabah Al-Dhaher who has been carving stone and living in Seattle since 1993.
A salesman approaches a mysterious landowner with an offer to buy the man's smoldering abandoned coalmines.
Sinkhole (2009) is a short horror film made in partial-fulfillment of the graduate MFA program in film at Columbia University.
Produced by Lincoln Center Theater
Nov 4, 2010-Jan 2, 2011
Based on the film "Women on the Verge..."
by Pedro Almodóvar
Produced by The Roundabout Theatre Company
Apr 22, 2010-Jun 27, 2010
Apr 3, 2008-Aug 22, 2010
2008 Winner of 7 Tony Awards,
including Best Musical Revival
Apr 17, 2006-Jun 25, 2006
2006 Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Play