Sarna Lapine



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


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.

  • Director/Writer: Sarna Lapine
  • Based on short story "Self-Defense" written
    by Molly Giles
  • Producer: Kristen Konvitz
  • Director of Photography: Alison Kelly

LucíaMiniDV, 12:00min

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.

My Saraab

My SaraabMiniDV, 22:00min

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.

  • Festivals:
  • Best Short Film Award, Norwest Film Forum's
  • "Local Sightings" competition, 2005
  • Official Selection, The Big Sky Documentary Festival, 2006
  • Official Selection, The Beverly Hills Shorts Festival, 2006
  • Official Selection, The Arab and Iranian Film Festival, 2006
  • Official Selection, Northwest FolkLife, 2006

SinkholeHD, 13:00min

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.

  • Writer/Director/Editor: Eric Scherbarth
  • Producer: Sarna Lapine
  • Director of Photography: Jaron Henrie-McCrea
  • Cast: Jason Harris, Dan Leventritt
  • Directors Bio:
  • Eric Scherbarth received his BA in film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His film "Passing" received Honorable Mention at the Black Point Film Festival in 2004. He currently resides in New York City.
  • Festivals:
  • Coming Soon
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

New Musical

Produced by Lincoln Center Theater
Nov 4, 2010-Jan 2, 2011

Based on the film "Women on the Verge..."
by Pedro Almodóvar

  • Book: Jeffrey Lane
  • Music and Lyrics: David Yazbek
  • Director: Bartlett Sher
  • Associate Director: Sarna Lapine
Sondheim on Sondheim

Sondheim on Sondheim

Musical, Revue

Produced by The Roundabout Theatre Company
Apr 22, 2010-Jun 27, 2010

  • Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
  • Conceived and Directed by: James Lapine
  • Assistant Director: Sarna Lapine
South Pacific

South Pacific

Revival, Musical, Drama

Apr 3, 2008-Aug 22, 2010

  • Book: Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
  • Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Music: Richard Rodgers
  • Director: Bartlett Sher
  • Assistant Director: Sarna Lapine

2008 Winner of 7 Tony Awards,
including Best Musical Revival

Awake And Sing!

Awake and Sing!

Revival, Play, Drama

Apr 17, 2006-Jun 25, 2006

  • Writer: Clifford Odets
  • Director: Bartlett Sher
  • Assistant Director: Sarna Lapine

2006 Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Play

The Light in the Piazza

The Light in the Piazza

Original, Musical

Apr 18, 2005-Jul 2, 2006

  • Book: Craig Lucas
  • Lyrics and Music: Adam Guettel
  • Director: Bartlett Sher
  • Assistant Director: Sarna Lapine

2005 Winner of 6 Tony Awards