Sarah Stiles

Sarah Grace Stiles (born June 20, 1979[1]) is an American singer and actress known for her work in Off-Broadway and Broadway theatre.

Sarah Stiles
Born
Sarah Grace Stiles

(1979-06-20) June 20, 1979 (age 41)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1991–present

She performed the role of Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q, and performed in the musical Vanities, in which she played the character of Joanne. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2015 for her performance in Hand to God[2] and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 2019 for her performance in Tootsie.[3] She also voiced Spinel in Steven Universe: The Movie (2019), and Steven Universe Future (2020). She can also be heard as diva Emma Olivia in As the Curtain Rises, an original Broadway soap opera from the Broadway Podcast Network.

Early lifeEdit

Stiles was born on June 20, 1979 in Massachusetts and was later raised in Strafford, New Hampshire[4] attending Strafford Elementary School. After middle school, Stiles began her high school career at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy in New Hampshire.

CareerEdit

At the age of twelve, Stiles started getting involved with theater productions in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Her first role was when she played the titular character in Annie at the Seacoast Repertory Theater. As a teenager, Stiles played two other major roles while living in New Hampshire: Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and Cinderella in Cinderella. Stiles loved the performing arts so much that she spent her summers working at the Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth.

Before she got involved with Broadway productions, she trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Stiles is known for her two roles in the Off-Broadway production Avenue Q, which is the story of a college student who moves to New York City with big dreams but lives on Avenue Q and has very little money. Stiles plays Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut, who are two puppets that she controls throughout the show.

After Stiles spent much of her time in the production of Avenue Q, she later was offered the role of Joanne in Vanities, a project that Stiles had been involved with for a period of two years. Vanities was located at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California, but eventually was moved to Second Stage in New York. This role in Vanities eventually led Stiles to be involved in recording an album for the songs.

She played the role of Little Red Riding Hood in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical Into the Woods at the Delacorte Theater in New York as part of Shakespeare in the Park. She stars opposite Academy Award nominee Amy Adams and Tony Award winners Donna Murphy and Denis O'Hare.

In 2017, Stiles appeared in the Epix television series Get Shorty.[5] Stiles appeared in the 2018 film Unsane.

She appeared in the stage musical version of the film Tootsie beginning in September 2018, which premiered in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre from September 11 to October 14, 2018. The musical opened on Broadway in April 2019. In the third season of the Epix television series Get Shorty, Stiles' character Gladys Parrish, a singer/actress, is cast in the Broadway musical Tootsie playing the character Stiles actually played in the musical. This plot development allowed Stiles to recreate one of her numbers from the Broadway show on the TV series.

DiscographyEdit

Along with having performed on many different stages in various off-Broadway shows, Stiles has found the time to be involved in three different albums for three plays. Her first album recording was singing for the role of Joanne, for the musical, Vanities the Musical. Her second album recording was when she sang the character Nazirah for the musical, The Road to Qatar. Most recently, she can be heard on the album for the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach as the Spider. In 2016, she teamed up with Gary Lucas to record Gary Lucas' Fleischerei: Music from Max Fleischer Cartoons. In 2020, she released her first EP, You Can Ukulele With Me. On that album, Stiles shows her skill at playing the ukulele, an instrument she has been known to play: in one episode of Get Shorty, Stiles played the ukulele for two songs (one of which, "Simple Song of Love (The La La Song)", was performed for her show Squirrel Heart, and would show up in re-recorded form as the lead-off track from You Can Ukulele With Me); and she played it in the aforementioned Squirrel Heart show.

Aside from album recordings, Stiles and her friend Howie have been working on their sketches for their comedy channel on YouTube. The YouTube channel is called Sillyocity, and together, the two of them combine their ideas to make short comedic webisodes.

Theatre creditsEdit

Year Production Role Venue Notes
2002 The Wizard of Oz Dorothy Gale North Shore Music Theatre Regional
2003 Grease Frenchy Paper Mill Playhouse Regional
Summer Ensemble Musical Theatre Works Reading
2005 Captain Louie Ensemble York Theatre Off-Broadway
The Full Monty Estelle Genovese North Shore Music Theatre Regional
2006 What a Glorious Feeling Performer Roundabout Theatre Studios Reading
Doctor Dolittle Polynesia Multiple venues National tour
Un­known The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Marcy Park/Olive Ostrovsky/Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre understudies Circle in the Square Theatre Broadway
Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre Multiple venues National tour
2007–2008 Avenue Q Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut John Golden Theatre Broadway
2009 Vanities, A New Musical Joanne Second Stage Theater Off-Broadway
2011 The Road to Qatar Nazirah York Theatre Company Off-Broadway
2011–2012 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Muriel Bunson St. James Theatre Broadway
2014 Hand to God Jessica Lucille Lortel Theatre Off-Broadway
2015–2016 Booth Theatre Broadway
2016 Do I Hear a Waltz? Giovanna New York City Center Concert
2018 Tootsie Sandy Lester Cadillac Palace Theatre Regional
2019 Marquis Theatre Broadway

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Unsane Jill

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Lab Rats White House representative Episode: "Memory Wipe"
2016 The Blacklist Receptionist Episode: "Dr. Adrian Shaw: Conclusion"
2017 Superior Donuts Dana Recurring role
2017 I'm Dying Up Here Toni Luddy Episode: "Sugar and Spice"
2017–2019 Get Shorty Gladys 22 episodes
2017–2018 Sunny Day Lacey (voice) 3 episodes
2018 Half Life Patty Episode: "Pilot"
2018 My Astronaut Sarah Pevsner 3 episodes
2018–2020 Billions Bonnie Barella 19 episodes
2018 Dietland Suzy Episode: "Pilot"
2019 Steven Universe: The Movie Spinel (voice) Television film
2020 Steven Universe Future 2 episodes
2021 The Crew Beth Paige[6] 10 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Category Work Result
2015 Tony Awards Best Featured Actress in a Play Hand to God Nominated[3]
2019 Clarence Derwent Awards Most Promising Female Tootsie Won[7]
Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated[8]
Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated[9]
Tony Awards Best Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated[3]
Annie Awards Best Voice Acting TV/Media Steven Universe: The Movie Nominated[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Person Details for Sarah G Stiles, "United States Public Records, 1970–2009"". FamilySearch. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  2. ^ Purcell, Carey (April 29, 2015). "How Sarah Stiles' "Sick Mind" and Puppet Sex Skills Made Her a Better Person – and a Tony Nominee!". Playbill. TotalTheater. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Evans, Greg (April 30, 2019). "'To Kill A Mockingbird', 'Network' Snubbed From Tony Award Best Play Category – Complete List Of Nominees". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  4. ^ Blank, Matthew (February 1, 2011). "PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Sarah Stiles". Playbill. TotalTheater. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (November 7, 2016). "'Get Shorty': Sarah Stiles Joins Cast Of Epix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (December 17, 2019). "'The Crew': Kevin James' Netflix NASCAR Comedy Series Sets Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  7. ^ "Sarah Stiles, Ephraim Sykes Receive 2019 Clarence Derwent Awards". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Clement, Olivia (April 23, 2019). "Hadestown Leads 2019 Outer Critics Circle Nominations". Playbill. TotalTheater. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  9. ^ McPhee, Ryan (April 25, 2019). "Nominations for the 2019 Drama Desk Awards Announced; Oklahoma!, Tootsie, Rags Parkland Lead the Pack". Playbill. TotalTheater. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "48th Annual Annie Awards". annieawards.org. Retrieved November 12, 2020.

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