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Sara delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 8+

Teaching since:
November 2014

Hi! I’m Sara and I’m a Japanese American bilingual actress. If you’re a fan of indie films, you may know me as the Japanese speaking waitress in East Side Sushi (winner of 12 Film Festival awards), and if you’re a Sacramento local, you may know me from the many Elk Grove Automall commercials on tv and radio, or from the short documentary, A Neighborhood Lost: Sacramento’s Japantown.

My first name in Japanese is the kanji character, 更, which loosely translates to mean new and more. And how perfect it is! I love learning new things and that’s one of the reasons why I love acting. With each role I’m learning something new and even when I do play the same role, like Prince Escalus in Romeo and Juliet (twice!), there’s always more to learn and new things to discover in the character when revisited.

I've been acting since the 5th grade and received my B.A in theatre arts from Earlham College and have been working professionally for the past 5 years.

I work individually with my students to help them achieve their goals. Whether acting is a career or a passionate hobby for you, we'll work together to achieve your goals through monologues, scenes, and copy (for voice over).

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Experience

Voice Actor
Aug 2017 - Present
The Atherton Group Talent Agency - TAG Talent

Freelance Actor
Jul 2014 - Present
MDT Agency, Inc.

Assistant English Teacher
Aug 2007 - Aug 2009
Morioka Board of Education

Worked at two Junior High Schools and over 40 Elementary schools as an assistant and occasional primary English teacher. Also translated English to Japanese and Japanese to English texts for schools as well as for city hall.

Education

Film Acting
Sep 2014 - Present
Studio 24
Commercial, Character, and Narration Voice Over
Jul 2010 - Present
Voice One
Classical Acting
Jul 2014 - Aug 2014
American Conservatory Theater
Noh and Kyogen Dramatic Arts
Nov 2010 - Nov 2013
Theatre of Yugen
B.A. Theatre Arts and Minor Education
Aug 2003 - May 2007
Earlham College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
Japanese
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Summer Training Congress: Classical Acting
Aug 2014
American Conservatory Theater

Awards

Chesley Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actress
Aug 2014
Woodland Opera House

Photos & Videos

Gogobot Voice Over
Cast of award winning film East Side Sushi with Director (center) at CAAMFEST, San Francisco

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Myra in Noël Coward's Hay Fever at The Art Theater of Davis

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Mariane in Molière's Tartuffe at Main Street Theatre

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A short reel of me hosting a documentary.
My theatrical reel
Photo by Sara M.

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Photo by Sara M.

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National TV Ad
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36 Reviews

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GARY Sep 22, 2017
Shakespearean Acting · Online

Great Class. Thank you so much !!!!

GARY Sep 21, 2017
Acting · Online

Thank you so much for your patience and your valuable input!!! Thank you , Thank you !!!!

Adam Sep 11, 2017
Voice Acting · Online

She is very Friendly and Very Knowledgeable.

Sarah Sep 10, 2017
Voice Acting · Online

Very helpful!

GARY Sep 9, 2017
Acting · Online

Thank you so much !!! It was great and very helpful!!

GARY Sep 3, 2017
Acting · Online

Thank you so much! Today's class was very effective and also I appreciate that you are available on Sundays. Thank you Sara.

Sarah Sep 3, 2017
Voice Acting · Online

DONNA O. Aug 24, 2017
Acting · Online

GARY Aug 23, 2017
Acting · Online

Great Class, very effective !!! Thank you so much !!!!

GARY Aug 17, 2017
Shakespearean Acting · Online

Thank you so much Sara! It was a great class!! thank you so much!

GARY Aug 13, 2017
Acting · Online

It was great!! Thank you Sara!! Thank you so much !!!!

GARY Aug 6, 2017
Acting · Online

Thank you so much Sara!!! you helped me to find the real truth ! Thank you!!

GARY Aug 4, 2017
Acting · Online

As always, Great Class!! Thank you so much !!!

GARY Jul 30, 2017
Acting · Online

Thank you so much! I learn so much Today . I am extremely happy with your help Sara. It is so valuable. Thank you!

GARY Jul 19, 2017
Shakespearean Acting · Online

Great class as always. I would take more classes with her. Definitely an excellent teacher!

GARY Jul 14, 2017
Acting · Online

Thank you so Much! Your input and your constructive feedback allowed me to find more layers for this Scene. Thank you !!!

GARY Jul 12, 2017
Acting · Online

Great Class. She took the time to read the scene before class and she was so good at telling me the improvement areas and gave me a guide for me to be able to find choices by my self. Great Class!!!

GARY Jun 15, 2017
Shakespearean Acting · Online

Very good Class!
Look forward for next class

Esther Jun 14, 2017
Voice Acting · Online

Ann A. May 9, 2017
Voice Acting · Online

Sara keep the lessons interesting and challenging. She is fun to work with and stays positive. I look forward to every lesson and what I'm learning is helping me in other areas of my life.
Lauren

GARY Apr 27, 2017
Shakespearean Acting · Online

Very Clear. She knows what she is talking. Gave me clear homework and good research references. Very Good. Thank you!!!!

kursey Mar 3, 2017
Acting · Online

Very nice and patient. We worked on comedy pieces, and I learned a great deal from her.

Keith Feb 12, 2017
Voice Acting · Online

She relly good at helping me out with what should I do

Shraddha Jan 16, 2017
Acting · Online

Shreyansh T. Jan 15, 2017
Acting · Online

She was very nice and kind. And I loved all of the techniques that she provided for my son. It helped him a lot

Rachel Jan 9, 2017
Voice Acting · Online

Lauren A. Dec 4, 2016
Voice Acting · Online

Lauren enjoyed the lesson and felt that she learned a lot. Looking forward to the next one!

Yousef M. Oct 31, 2016
Japanese · Online

She is good techer. Bout hear lessons is not actev 😔. And she tech like 123in japanes then at the same leson she go and tech smoothing als in japanes than she go bake for 123 so she is so confuse. She could be bater than that. Thank you.

Staci Oct 23, 2016
Voice Acting · Online

Becca Bishop Aug 16, 2016
Acting · Online

An amazing teacher, and she helps so much with self confidence!

Claire Apr 28, 2016
Japanese · Online

Sara is a wonderful teacher. She teaches my daughter Japanese for preparing for her upcoming Japan trip. My daughter didn't want to take the lesson at the beginning. But, after one class, she wants to have more lesson with her. We look forward to more future lessons with her.

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David Apr 25, 2016
Acting · Online

She is not only knowledgeable but is polite and has a great feeling of low or no judgement (which is what you need if you are starting out). I am most satisfied with her as my instructor as she recognizes bad form and corrects it with respect and tact.

Noah D. Jan 8, 2016
Japanese · Online

Wonderful teacher! Lessons move at a good pace and she makes the lessons very enjoyable. I look forward to learning with her in the future!

Madison Edwards Nov 30, 2015
Acting · Online

She was a great teacher. She compliment you a lot and she never focused on the negatives.

Robert H. Oct 6, 2015
Voice Acting · Online

Excellent lesson. I got a lot out of it.

Mesayla W. Jul 24, 2015
Japanese · In studio

Ms. Sara is a wonderful instructor. She's very encouraging, friendly and I really appreciate how understanding she is, too. The pacing of my lessons is just quick enough that I'm comfortable learning new things and I never feel forced to learn harder things sooner than I need. I really enjoy having her as my sensei and I hope that I can continue learning under her more in the future.

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