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Sarah Arikian: News

New Developments - August 22, 2013

I have some exciting new developments to share. Friend and colleague Ashley Grombol, with her friend Alice Johnson, have developed a new play reading series That Thing!. All the plays are new, unpublished and less than 20 minutes long. The premier evening, featuring six plays, was this past week at Characters Bar in Manhattan. I had the delight to read the part of Ari in Grombol's play Castle Woes.  There will be many more evenings to come, so check back periodically to find out when.

Also, I have just been offered the role of Inez Serrano in Jean-Paule Sartre's No Exit which will be done at the Idiom Theatre in Bellingham, WA this fall. The production will feature a new translation and adaptation of the work.

And we're off... - April 16, 2013

Rehearsals have started for Ballybeg's production of Broken Fences by Steven Simoncic.  The cast is amazingly talented, and I am very proud to be a part of this production.  Opening night is May 3 8pm at Theatre 54.  For more information including cast and creative team information, tickets, etc., please visit

Broken Fences - March 21, 2013

I have recently accepted an offer to understudy the two principal roles of April and Barb in Ballybeg's production of Broken Fences by Steven Simoncic.  I have never understudied a role before (let alone two), and I am excited for the challenge and hard work that's ahead!  The production will open Friday, May 3rd at Theatre 54 at Shetler.  Check back soon for details about showtimes and tickets!   

Holly Jolly Christmas - December 7, 2012

The Dickens Victorian Carollers will be featured on The Rachael Ray Show December 24th!  Tune into see Sarah and the rest of The Dickens Victorian Carollers perform some holiday classics!  Be sure to check your local listings of your ABC affiliate for the air time. 

Happy Holidays! - December 4, 2012

The time seems to fly by so fast.  I can hardly believe that it is December again!  The Dickens Victorian Carollers are busy this year with the usual functions and parties at The 21 Club, The University Club, et cetera.  We are looking forward to a fun appearance on a National TV show to be aired Christmas Eve.  Please check back for details, which I will provide once I have them. 

Class with the incomparable Wynn Handman is as great as ever.  I am hard at work on the role of Martha in Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour. 

All the best to you during this joyous season!

Updates for Fall - September 28, 2012

Hi all! I kept myself busy during the remainder of the summer. I attended monologue/scene workshops organized by the delightful Hadley Reinert. In an effort to rectify the discrepancies in my dramatic education, I made it a priority to read as many plays as I could this summer. I read all of Sophocles' plays (Philoctetes was my favorite), an entire volume of Clifford Odets (including Waiting For Lefty and Golden Boy), some Lillian Hellman, Neil LaBute and some other plays that I just randomly grabbed off the shelves of the Performing Arts Library.

I am happy to report that Wynn's classes have started back again! I wasn't sure I'd make it through July and August without following him to Nantucket, but I managed somehow. Right now, I am working on pieces culled from Melissa James Gibson's [sic]. I'm having a great time showing my versatility and expanding my comedic chops. It turns out, I can be funny.

I have had new headshots taken by the delightful and talented Diane Phelan. They should be finished within a day or two, so look for them up here within the week!

Summer Reading - July 22, 2012

I have been keeping busy this month with The Active Theatre Company's play development readings. Every week, a new (sometimes unfinished) play that is in development is given a reading by The Active Theatre. This has been such a fun experience. I've been fortunate enough to meet some great writers and actors. We are able to give feedback to the writers about their work that they can use to further develop their play. It's been very rewarding. So far, we've read through "Pirate" by Jenny Skura and "River. Ditty" by Matther Keuter.

I've been doing my own work in filling in the gaps in my education, and I've started with the Greeks. I've recently finished reading all seven of Sophocles' works. I've a sincere fondness for Philoctetes. As Wynn told me before our class break, "it's all about the translation." I'm looking forward to diving into other translations and discovering different aspects of these works.

Hot Fun In The Summertime - June 21, 2012

I know it's been a while since my last update, and for that I apologize. I have been busy with Wynn Handman's incredible class, which is about to take a hiatus for the summer. Most recently, I worked my way through the role of Candida in George Bernard Shaw's masterpiece of the same name. I was surprised that Wynn assigned me the role, but I met the challenge head-on and am much more confident taking on period work as a result.

I have had some great auditions lately for the NY Fringe Festival and various theater companies. I plan on seeing as much theater and music as I can this summer. Everything is so inspiring!

Quality Time - March 6, 2012

Just a quick update. I have been working with Wynn Handman in his advanced scene study class since November. Under his guidance, I have studied the role of Betty in Paddy Chayefsky's Middle of the Night and am currently working through the role of Susan in Michael Weller's Loose Ends. I feel so lucky to work with such an amazing teacher, and I have been learning so much. The support and guidance Wynn provides his students is priceless.
I am still freelancing with Avalon Artists Group in their commercial/print division. I am about to get new headshots taken, so look for new shots soon!

Bloody Fire...Unchaste Desire! - December 27, 2011

I have been cast in Love Street Theatre's Equity Showcase production of Bloody Fire...Unchaste Desire.

“Bloody Fire...” is a co-production of Love Street Theatre, known for its intimate renderings of the classics and new works, and Opera’Avant, the cutting edge new opera company. Experience Shakespeare in an entirely new way!

Operatic selections based in Shakespeare’s plays ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary intertwine seamlessly with Shakespearean text from favorite works.

I will be performing scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream as Tatania, coupled with music from Benjamin Britten's opera of the same name.  Also, I will be featured in a selection from Giannini's opera The Taming of the Shrew as Katherine. 

Music Director: Tamara Cashour

Stage Director: Julie S. Halpern*

Stage Manager John Simmons

Set Designer: Seth Weine

Light Designer: Joseph Carley


New Music! - December 12, 2011

Please take a few minutes to enjoy two selections from The Dickens Victorian Carollers!  They are sure to get you in the holiday mood!

It's beginning to look a lot like.... - November 22, 2011

It's never a dull moment around here, especially at this time of year. I am about to commence my fifth season with the Dickens Victorian Carollers! We have such a wonderful time together throughout November and December, and we always seem to have some exciting opportunity come our way. This year, we've been invited by NPR affiliate station WFUV FM 90.7 to appear on the show Cityscape, hosted by George Bodarky.  I will post information on when to tune in for the broadcast and a link to the archive in case you miss it.

Exciting Times - October 31, 2011

I am so excited to share that I have been accepted into the acting studio of Wynn Handman. I will have the amazing opportunity to work with this legendary master teacher in his Advanced Scene Study Course for professional actors.
Also, now that Halloween has come and gone, it's time to start looking forward to caroling season. Remember, if you need amazing entertainment for your holiday party, look no further than the Dickens Victorian Carollers (

Change in the air! - August 25, 2011

I am excited to report that I have started freelancing with Erica Moran at Avalon Artists Group in their commercial/print division. Since working with her, I have gotten appointments for several commercial auditions, and I have gotten fantastic feedback from Casting Director Tisha Ioli at Don Case Casting. I also had an opportunity to work with Casting Director Barry Shapiro, from Herman & Lipson Casting, during his Commercial Improv Intensive. That class was an amazing experience! New possibilities, new opportunities, new connections!

Biding my time, but making connections! - May 17, 2011

I have very recently started an internship with the New York office of Avalon Artists Group, a talent agency representing actors and models. I am looking forward to getting an inside look at this part of the entertainment industry.

Spring is Here - April 5, 2011

Please check out the new video up on my site. It was recorded as part of Seth Bisen-Hersh's 150th Showcase Celebration at Don't Tell Mama's in New York. It's a month long celebration of Seth's original works. I hope you enjoy this piece, Subway Paranoia, which I think will resonate with every New Yorker. Look for another video next week of Seth's beautiful "Wedding Song."

Winter Wonderland - January 29, 2011

Okay, so while New York is buried in snow, I find myself with lots of work to do. All that goes into preparing for the audition season; choosing new rep, coaching, perfecting and then throwing out what doesn't work is time consuming and daunting. However, the feeling you get when you know you've made progress is priceless.

Keep an eye out for a solo cabaret show. Although in pre-production stage, it is still in the works. If you haven't looked at my cabaret videos from this past fall yet, I urge you to view them.

It's that time of year... - December 6, 2010

So, caroling season is in full swing again, and The Dickens Victorian Carolers are anticipating a busy month!
I recently worked on an unusual project with Kirby Ferguson, a filmmaker based in New York City, which will be released very soon. Stay tuned...

New Video! - October 13, 2010

Please take a look at my new video recorded October 12, 2010 at Don't Tell Mama in NYC.

Autumn in New York - October 3, 2010

The fall audition season is in full swing! I am going to be appearing with Seth Bisen-Hersh at his Cabaret Showcase on Tuesday, October 12th at 7pm.
I have been approached by Opera Manhattan Repertory Theatre about performing the role of Valencienne in their 2012 production of Lehar's The Merry Widow. Look for news about this exciting opportunity as negotiations proceed!

New video is up! - August 25, 2010

Hi All! I have some new video up that was done at the Cabaret Showcase with Seth Bisen-Hersh. There are two numbers which I hope you'll enjoy. I am contemplating a solo cabaret show....

Time flies when you're having fun - July 18, 2010

Well, I have been very busy the past several months. Tackling the New York theater auditions is a full time job in and of itself, but I've also been putting in hours onset at CBS's The Good Wife and USA Network's Royal Pains.
I am excited to participate in a Cabaret Showcase at Don't Tell Mama with Seth Bisen-Hersh on August 24 at 7pm! Check out my calendar page for more information.
Also, check out my photo gallery for the picture of The Dickens' Carollers with President Obama and First Lady Michelle!

"And now, the end is near, and so we face the final curtain" - February 19, 2010

Well, the run of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" is almost done. This has been an amazing experience for me. Our show has the honor of being the second best selling show in Show Palace history! The cast was wonderful. It was an honor to work with such professional and delightful people.
Now, it is time to get back to New York and auditions!

Out with the old and in with the new. - January 3, 2010

I am currently in Florida rehearsing "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" at The Show Palace Dinner Theatre. To say that the role of Milly is a challenge is an understatement. However, it is one about which I am confident and excited. My fellow cast members are all brilliant, and I know we are going have an great run.

I had an amazing time performing at a White House Holiday Party with The Dickens Victorian Carollers. Not only did we have free reign to perform throughout the public rooms of the White House, but we were delighted to meet both President Obama and First Lady Michelle. It was a most memorable experience.

Caroling Caroling! - December 8, 2009

So, the Christmas Season is upon us, and I have been busy with the Dickens Victorian Carollers. This year we have the honor of being invited to sing at The White House! We will be performing at a private party on December 20th.
It is hard to imaging that I leave for Florida in a little over a week! I am really looking forward to working on Seven Brides For Seven Brothers with The Show Palace Dinner Theatre, and think it will be a very rewarding experience.
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