All About Us
Artistic Director. In the past Sarah served as Education Director for Ensemble and directed such memorable productions as Dividing the Estate, Having Our Say, The Delany Sister’s First 100 Years; Athol Fugard’s Valley Song; Paul Robeson (featuring Tony Sias); Little Tommy Parker’s Celebrated Minstrel Show, and Anton in Show Business! Sarah is a well known director whose work has been seen on most area stages. Most recently she directed the critically acclaimed Wings at Beck Center starring Dorothy Silver, as well as Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The History Boys, The Diary of Anne Frank, and A Piece of My Heart (Winner of the Northern Ohio Live Award.)
Sara has also recently directed the Dobama/Karamu collaboration of Tony Kushner’s Caroline or Change, Tuck Everlasting for The Cleveland Play House, and Things of Dry Hours at CPT.
Sarah spent 10 years in New York City performing, directing, and developing educational programs for Playwrights Horizons, Henry Street Settlement, and The Roundabout Theatre. She returned to Cleveland to serve as Director of Education for Great Lakes Theatre Festival, where she developed their Shakespeare School Residency Program, and as Director of Karamu Theatre from 1990 to 1997. She has taught acting for The Cleveland Play House and Tri-C Metro and been a guest artist at Baldwin-Wallace College.
Martin Cosentino has been with Ensemble Theatre since its birth in 1979. Martin holds a degree in Architecture from Case Western Reserve University. As a designer and builder, he has worked in these fields for over thirty years. He has brought these design and building skills, as well as very capable administrative skills to the Ensemble organization. He was project manager for Ensemble’s major renovations of its 145-seat performance space at The Civic in Cleveland Heights. He has performed every job at the theatre, including stage manager, set design and construction, graphic design and original illustrations. Martin is currently responsible for office administration, box office reports and management, properties, grant writing and development activities. He has also served as Tour Manager, Technical Director and Production Manager. Martin became General Manager in 2007. In 2008, due to the artistic director’s illness, the Board of Trustees named him Interim Managing Director. In May of 2009, the Board named him Managing Director for the 2009 -2010 season.