Sarah Weatherwax is an Actor, Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, Voiceover Talent and Workplace Communication Coach based in Toronto, Ontario. She has extensive experience as a theatre actor and has done voice acting for more than 20 years, working on shows such as Haven, Coroner and Heartland, and movies such as Beeba Boys, Random Acts of Violence and Mouthpiece and the stunning MOW Book of Negroes (Someone Knows My Name) directed by Clement Virgo, and based on one of Sarah’s favourite novels by Canada’s Lawrence Hill. She has taught voice for the actor in numerous studios and schools, including Shakespeare & Company, Straeon Acting Studios, Humber Comedy College and Brock University.
Some of Sarah’s favourite acting credits include playing Marlene in Bordertown Cafe directed by Rick Kish at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre; Maria in A Woman Alone by Franca Rame, part of Female Parts produced by Wax Works and directed by Josephine Le Grice in Toronto, Ontario; Pancake Tuesday at Buddies in Bad Times, written and directed by Lindsay Price; the movement theatre piece Now The Day Is Over directed by Allyson McMackon based on Virginia Woolf’s writing, in the Toronto and NYC Fringe Festivals; and MUD by Maria Irene Fornes, produced by Wax Works and directed by Anita La Selva in the highly respected, artist-juror curated SummerWorks Festival in Toronto. And she also enjoyed her on camera principal role as a disgruntled waitress in the ‘Bardo’ world of the half-alive in the very old show Kung Fu, The Legend Continues. She was especially thrilled with the on-set snacks – except the coffee.
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Sarah Weatherwax is dedicated to the pursuit of fine acting as a performer and teacher.
Sarah has extensive professional experience in theatre, the first genre of acting she pursued.
From “NOW Magazine”
by Maria Irene Fornes, directed by Anita La Selva. Presented by Wax Works.
NOW Magazine Review: 4 N’s (out of 5) sustained applause
Maria Irene Fornes’s script about two primitive, near-illiterate country people and a third who joins them is full of crude, brutal poetry and lots of insight into human behaviour. Anita La Selva directs a simple, gripping production of a show that won’t be to everyone’s taste. But Fornes has a voice unlike anyone else’s, and actors Sarah Weatherwax, A. Frank Ruffo and Andrew Penner speak her words with confidence and utter conviction. Mysterious and haunting.
– Glenn Sumi, NOW magazine
Sarah Weatherwax is my career-long, trusted voice teacher. My voice is my career, and I only go to Sarah. She is THE voice teacher for the working actor, as far as I’m concerned. I go to Sarah for both private lessons and workshops, and like a dancer and her trusted dance teacher, Sarah keeps me in perfect form. She is so well trained, so experienced and a voice artist herself, I benefit immediately. I am often told by directors: you have a great voice. And I know it’s a lot due to working with Sarah. She’s a treasure.
Jan and I have been listening to the audiobook (Under The Bridge), a few chapters each evening.
I am delighted with the job you did of reading it! It is fun to listen to. I’m so impressed with your ability to do the scenes with more than two people—up to five with the young people in the alley—and always make it clear who is speaking. Some sentences come out exactly the way I have heard them in my head for the ten years I spent writing the book, and some you deliver with your own spin, which gives a whole new character to certain lines and conversations, allowing me to discover them anew. Who would have thought that was possible after more than a dozen drafts? I’m having a great time listening to it. Thank you so much!
Hope all is well with you,
Sarah Weatherwax is dedicated to the pursuit of fine acting as a performer and teacher. She has loved this work since childhood when she wrote and directed a play in grade three. Sarah specifically chose to focus on acting for theatre after she graduated with an Honours BFA in Acting from Emerson College in Boston, one of the most well-respected acting schools in the US. She moved to Toronto to put down her roots in that vibrant city’s theatre community and has worked with some of Canada’s top theatre directors. After beginning her professional career, she pursued better classical acting with intensive training at Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts and that led to her passion for teaching voice to actors. At about the same time, she became a voice actor and she has on screen experience too. She is a long-standing member of CAEA (Canadian Actors’ Equity Association) and ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists).
Sarah has extensive professional experience in theatre, the first genre of acting she pursued. The temporal, visceral nature of theatre brings everyone together briefly inside the situation of the play. Acting leads to that state of being fully present to one’s interior and exterior realities simultaneously and transforming truthfully and instinctively in response to the text, character and situation with the audience as engaged witness. And for one moment, a universal truth about the human condition is artistically illuminated and that enlightenment asks that the audience and artists broaden their compassion for people in myriad circumstances.
Sarah has decades of experience as a voice actor for TV and film. She has worked on shows such as Blue Murder, Coroner and Heartland, and movies such as Hobo With a Shotgun, Beeba Boys, Book of Negroes, and Random Acts of Violence. She loves the improvisational nature of voice acting and the vocal range and flexibility required. From screaming as a plane plummets to earth or ranting with a murderous mob to yee hawing at a rodeo, sobbing in a horror flick or braying as a donkey, she has done it all. For the audiobook Under The Bridge by Anne Bishop that she narrated, the producer from Drift Under Balance, one of Canada’s most prolific audiobook producers, said he had never done so little editing. He was also grateful for the half day of studio hours that Sarah’s quick, effortless narration saved the company. The author emailed Sarah when she started listening to the book with her spouse to express her gratitude. "I am delighted with the job you did of reading it! It is fun to listen to. I’m so impressed with your ability to do the scenes with more than two people—up to five with the young people in the alley—and always make it clear who is speaking...I’m having a great time listening to it. Thank you so much!"