Northwest Children’s Theater’s Artistic Director, Sarah Jane Hardy was born in Liverpool, England, trained at the Hylton Bromley School of Dance & Drama in Merseyside, England and earned Advanced Certification in Ballet, Tap, and Modern from the International Dance Teachers Association.
Hardy’s early career included work as a choreographer, dancer, and teacher throughout Europe before moving to the United States as an international student earning an MFA in Directing from Utah State University.
She became Artistic Director at Northwest Children’s Theater in 2006 and has since commissioned and produced 15 original adaptations including Alice in Wonderland – A Jazz Odyssey, an anime inspired Snow White and a version of The Jungle Book in collaboration with The Anjali School of Dance incorporating Indian dance styles from classical to Bollywood.
Her directing and choreography credits for NWCT include Go Dog Go!, Seussical, El Zorrito, Elephant and Piggy, We’re in a Play!, and Mary Poppins.
She has led NWCT’s Main Stage through many record-breaking and award-winning seasons, including the recent 22nd season which swept the regional Drammy and PAMTA awards with seven and nine wins, respectively.