Sarna Lapine

Latest Work
Simply Sondheim

Simply Sondheim

Musical Revue

Koussevitzky Music Shed – Lenox, MA

Jun 9 – Jun 10, 2015
Jun 20, 2015

America's Orchestra will honor America's greatest living musical theatre composer with an all-new tribute celebrating his remarkable body of work. The program will focus on his collaboration with writer/director James Lapine and will feature songs from Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, Passion, and Into the Woods. Broadway stars Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, along with fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, students of the renowned BSO training ground for emerging professional musicians, will join the orchestra to bring Sondheim's remarkable music to life.

  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Director of Artistic Planning: Dennis Alves
  • Music Director: Andy Einhorn
  • Stage Director: Sarna Lapine
Other Desert Cities

Other Desert Cities

Directed by Sarna Lapine

Theater Aspen
Aspen, CO

Aug 4 – Aug 22, 2015

Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities tells the story of the fictional Wyeth family — a clan led at the top by a mother and father highly regarded in old Hollywood circles and admired by Republicans for their service to and friendship with Ronald and Nancy Reagan in their heyday. The play explores the dark family secrets that threaten to destroy external and internal perceptions about the life they lead. Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history — a wound they don't want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.



By Nina Raine Directed by Sarna Lapine

Segal Centre
Montreal, QC, Canada

Nov 29 – Dec 20, 2015

“How can you feel a feeling unless you have the word for it?”
The only deaf member of an eccentric, intellectual family, Billy longs to be heard. When a romance with a woman who teaches him sign language opens him up to a new world of self-expression, Billy discovers that instead of trying to fit into his family's world, he can break out and find his own. Quick-witted, funny and moving Tribes is a powerful look at language, love, and what it truly means to be understood.

Hope and Gravity

Hope and Gravity

New Play

By Michael Hollinger

Creede Repertory Theatre
Creede, CO
August 20 – September 20, 2014

*Reading at New Dramatists, New York, NY on February 26, 2015

  • Directed by Sarna Lapine
  • Scenic Design: John McDermott
  • Lighting Design: Mandy Heath
  • Sound Designer: Jake Harbour
  • Costume Design: Tamara Carruthers
Sunday In The Park With George

Sunday In The Park With George


Book by James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Short North Stage
Columbus, OH
October 8 – 22, 2013

  • Directed by Sarna Lapine
  • Scenic Design: Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams
  • Lighting Design: Michael Boll
  • Sound Design: Leon Rothenberg
  • Costume Design: Terese Wadden
  • Puppetry by: Matt Acheson
Waiting For Lefty

Waiting For Lefty


By Clifford Odets

Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
New York, NY
February – March 2012

  • Directed by Sarna Lapine
  • Scenic Design: Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams
  • Lighting Design: Jen Schriever and Grant Wilcoxen
  • Sound Design: Leon Rothenberg
  • Costume Design: Tristan Raines
War Horse

War Horse

New Play

1st International Tour of North America and Japan
Mar 2011 – Aug 2014

National Theater of Great Britain Production
First presented in the United States at Lincoln Center Theater, 2011

Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo
Adapted by Nick Stafford in association with Handspring Puppet Company

  • Original Co-Direction: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris
  • US Tour Directed By: Bijan Sheibani
  • Associate Director: Sarna Lapine
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
Kidding On The Square

Kidding On The Square


The Oak Room, Algonquin Hotel
New York, NY
2010 – 2011

  • Starring Emily Bergl
  • Music Director: Jonathan Mastro
  • Directed by 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
The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking


By Joan Didion

Intiman Theater
Seattle, WA
Aug – Sep 2009

  • Starring: Judith Roberts
  • Directed by Sarna Lapine
  • Scenic & Costume Designer: Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams
  • Lighting Designer: JB Morse
  • Sound Designer: Leon Rothenberg
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

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

Sarna Lapine specializes in developing and directing new work. Currently, she is directing an evening of Sondheim songs for the Boston Pops, Other Desert Cities for Theatre Aspen, and Tribes for the Segal Centre of Montreal. She also has three new musicals in development.

For two-and-a-half years she served as Associate Director of The National Theatre’s War Horse (North America & Japan Tour). Sarna also directed a national tour of Lincoln Center Theater’s South Pacific and was resident director on the first national South Pacific tour.

On the concert front, Sarna has developed and directed projects for 92Y and the Bucks County Playhouse, and has co-conceived and directed critically acclaimed cabaret shows for Paolo Szot (Café Carlyle), and the actress Emily Bergl, including Till I Get it Right (54Below), NY I Love You (Café Carlyle), and Kidding on the Square (The Oak Room), as well as Tales From the Jazz Age: An F. Scott Fitzgerald Songbook (Café Carlyle).

Broadway Associate & Assistant Director credits: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sondheim on Sondheim, South Pacific, Awake and Sing!, and The Light in the Piazza.

Select directing credits: Hope and Gravity by Michael Hollinger (Creede Repertory Theater), Sunday in the Park With George (Short North Stage), Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets, and The Year of Magical Thinking (Intiman Theatre).

Sarna has directed readings at New Dramatists, BMI, Ars Nova, New York Theater Workshop, The LARK, Stella Adler, The Araca Group, Boomerang Theatre, and Dixon Place, among others.

Sarna received her BA in the honors program at the University of Washington and her MFA at Columbia University. She is a recipient of the Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film. She teaches at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.


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