Sarah Butler was born in Saint John, New Brunswick to a Newfie father and FIlipino mother. Although her parents’ careers were not in the arts– her father is a former professional badminton player and coach and her mother is a high school math and stats teacher and university professor– she definitely grew up in a family that fostered her love for theatre and dance. After growing up performing with the KV Players and Gala Ballet Company, Sarah then attended Deerfield Academy, where she particularly enjoyed working with guest choreographers Alan Arnett and Billbob Brown, and her favourite shows included The Crucible and The Diviners.
Sarah next studied at the University of New Brunswick, where she graduated with degrees in both Arts (Honours English, Minor French) and Education and was named Dean’s Scholar. During university, she taught and choreographed for countless institutions and several schools throughout the Maritimes. Sarah’s favourite roles for shows in the Maritimes include Penny in Hairspray, Helen in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Ophelia in Hamlet. In its second season, Sarah made it to the Finals of So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
Since moving to Toronto, Sarah performed in Chicago (Stage West– Mona/Roxie US), Guys and Dolls (Segal Centre), Urinetown (Little Sally), as well as Cabaret and Legally Blonde: The Musical. Most recently, Sarah finished shooting the series finale of Warehouse 13, danced in the Gilda’s Club benefit “It’s Always Something…” with acclaimed violinist Dr. Draw, and played Belinda in the Smile Theatre tour of Johnny Belinda. She is currently training at Second City, writing her first short film, and choreographing Annie for a local children’s theatre school.
Sarah is thrilled to be part of the Toronto arts community and can’t wait see what happens next!