Sarah offers her services from realized designs to concept designs to mentorships and tutorials.
Psychologically driven character designs that evoke the texture of the world.
Detailed scenic designs that bring the character’s world to life.
Dynamic designs that sculpt the emotional environment of the characters’s world.
Complete visual design from the production to the camera treatment to costumes.
Every creative has that moment when they know with every fiber of their soul that storytelling is what they want to do for the rest of their life. Sarah was eight, watching a performance of Twelfth Night at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Ever since then, every choice she has made has been in support of that moment.
With a fellow classmate, Sarah headed up the writing, producing, and design of a play for her eighth grade project. She trained as a performer, learning how to breakdown scripts from a psychological, character driven perspective. A technique that has become integral to her work as a designer.
Despite her performance background, Sarah always found herself painting sets, sewing costumes, and helping around on set. A fascination that lead her to UC Santa Barbara’s Theatre & Dance Design Department where she realized her true calling as a creative. Sarah learned a holistic approach to design, training in scenic, costume, and lighting design. She took her passion further by accepting a double emphasis Masters in Fine Arts from UC San Diego in Costume and Lighting Design, and has been designing ever since.
She has been nominated for Best Design 2014 from The International Academy of Web Television and Best Lighting Design 2014 from New Hampshire Theatre Awards, among other nominations and awards.
Sarah has worked for the following companies:
"High production value . . . gratifyingly imaginative technical support (a fading tungsten filament says it all) . . . . The lighting was amazingly sophisticated for such a tiny space."
Review for Blood Privilege: “Sarah Cogan’s eerie lighting and gorgeous, furry, period costumes as well as Colin McGurk’s set (a cool throne, among other things) create this fragile world within the black box of the Richmond Shepard Theater.”
Review for The Totally Tubular Time Machine: “Sarah Cogan’s costumes capture the necessary elements of the various celebrities’ images, from Madonna Past’s conical bra to Lady Gaga’s meat dress.”
Review for South Pacific: “Sarah Cogan’s costumes were flawless, . . .”
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