Sarah Dunnavant

Facilitator, South High School and Southwest High School

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Sarah grew up on a farm in Ohio before heading to Wheaton College to study English and Theater. She is excited to live in Minneapolis for the first time after working in Chicago in lots of different kinds of roles involving storytelling, including acting with several theaters in and around Chicago. She was also a theater instructor in Chicago Public Schools, directed a drama program, and worked with after-school programs devising plays and developing literacy skills with students. She also worked in museum programs facilitation at the Museum of Science and Industry, and at the Art Institute of Chicago through Museum Hack, using art as a storytelling tool and encouraging museum guests to have much more fun in museums than they thought was possible. She’s extremely excited to work with students again, and looks forward to exploring the twin cities little by little every day.

Favorite musicians:

Beyoncé & Solange, David Bowie, Thundercat, 1992 Deluxe by Princess Nokia

If you had to pick a theme song that would play every time you entered the room, what would it be?

Believe – Cher

Favorite books:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Boundaries, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Bluest Eye

Favorite movies:

The Office, Pina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Favorite food:

Coffee / toss-up between roasted vegetables and Phish Food Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

 Favorite quote:

“Maybe to be powerful is to be fragile.” – Ai Weiwei

Favorite subject in school:

English, Theater, Geology, Art

Favorite theater experience:

I saw An Iliad at the Court Theater, a one-man show basically just about war. I don’t like war, but I’ve never felt so captivated and couldn’t believe I was just watching one person. He basically just talked to himself as different characters for most of the show and everyone forgot it was just him! Magic.

Your ultimate vacation destination:

New Zealand

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I would want to have a power that helps me see the future outcomes of my decisions and other people’s decisions.

The most influential person in your life/favorite teacher or mentor:

My mom! She is the strongest person I know. Also my senior English teacher, Mr. Ceccoli, who helped me think critically about what I was reading for the first time in my life.

What you wanted to be when you grew up:

Professional horseback rider. I also thought I might be a teacher and I WISHED to be an actor but was too scared to commit to it until I graduated from college.