Sarah Wilson is the co-creator (Lyrics and Book) of the inspiring new musical Rose. She is a graduate of the Soulpepper Academy, the Stratford Conservatory, and George Brown Theatre School , and is an actor and writer. Sarah also a writer for The 27 Club and A Moveable Feast: Paris in the 20s for Soulpepper 2018-19, and an actor in Animal Farm, La Bête, and can be seen in Wedding At Aulis in March. For Soulpepper selected credits include: Of Human Bondage, Spoon River, The Heidi Chronicles, Jitters, A Christmas Carol, Parfumerie, The Dining Room, Speed-The Plow, Oleanna, Three Sisters, As You Like It. Film and Television include Suits, Anne with an E, Ransom, Saving Hope, Reign.
When did you first think of yourself as an artist?
I’m not sure. It’s still not a word I apply to myself. It’s not that I think I’m undeserving of the title; more that it feels like a shield, like I’d be using it to separate myself from the world with some sort of Special Designation. I’m probably overthinking this. I act in things and write things; I’m an artist. Let’s say I first thought of myself as one right now.
Who helped you develop your voice as an artist?
My most direct influences are my husband Lorenzo Savoini and my good friend Mike Ross. They’re hard working, resilient, creative, grounded…I admire them both hugely. I’ve spent a lot of time working at Soulpepper, starting with when I first graduated a hundred years ago, and really kind of growing up in that artistic ecosystem has had a major positive influence on me. But everyone and everything helps, however indirectly.
What’s something that’s inspired you this week?
I have a five year old that’s learning to read. He just keeps at it and gets a little better every day. He celebrates every single word he gets. It’s really heroic stuff- I love watching it happen.
What’s your favourite restaurant in the city to visit?
For family dinners we most often go to Brooklyn Tavern in Leslieville. My husband and I are terrible at getting out for dinner alone. Terrible. When we do get to it I almost always let him pick because I like everything, but right now I’m pregnant and I only want baked potatoes. So we’ll probably hit some kind of steakhouse soon.
What do you want to see more of on Toronto stages?
Sarah wrote the script and lyrics for the new musical Rose
on stage now to February 24 at Soulpepper Theatre Company.