Sara Stackhouse, Founder
Hi, I'm Sara. I've been producing creative projects, working with artists, and running non-profit arts organizations for over 25 years. I love planning, organizing, producing, and fundraising. I work to help young people, artists and organizations thrive. I founded Stackhouse Creative in order to do:
•creative consulting, including strategic planning, board development, fundraising, retreat and meeting facilitation, youth arts assessment, partnerships, and organizational development;
•creative projects, including event design, scripting, directing, and producing.
I work with organizations big and small, with individual artists, and with a range of collaborators. If you'd like to talk about a project, I'd love to hear from you!
Acera School for STEAM, Creativity & Leadership, Fundraising
History & Bio
Sara founded Stackhouse Creative in 2015 to consult with artists and cultural organizations, and to produce creative projects. She is also founder and creative director of The Mama Project, a cross-cultural artistic project with women from Boston and Cape Town. Sara was Chair of Theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee from 2016-2018 where she supervised 75 faculty, three academic programs, and a department that produced 40+ productions each year. In 2018, Sara produced an inter-disciplinary project called "Merge/Emerge" with Tina Packer, Danilo Perez, students from the Conservatory, and the Global Jazz Institute. Prior to that, she served as executive producer of Actors' Shakespeare Project for 11 years, producing 48 productions, overseeing school and youth programs, and leading strategy, fundraising, and operations. During her tenure, the company received numerous Elliot Norton Awards, an American Theater Wing award, a Social Innovation Award, and Sara received the Margaret Stewart Lindsay "Inspiration Award".
In the early 2000's, Sara was supervising producer for four seasons of Inside This Old House for the A&E television network. In the 1990's, she served as project manager for cellist Yo-Yo Ma, overseeing collaborations with artists Mark O'Connor, Bobby McFerrin, Mark Morris, Toni Morrison, Torvill and Dean, kabuki artist Tamasaburo Bando, Atom Egoyan, and others. She served as associate producer on eight films, including Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach, which received international awards, including several Emmys. She was the director of education for NPR's From the Top, designing curriculum, training teachers, and creating the Make Your Own Radio program and Cultural Ambassador program. She served as a consultant to the Berkshire Institute for Theology and the Arts for over a decade, produced A Taste of Chanukah for PBS, PRI, and Rounder Records in 1998, and was executive producer of the MIT Media Lab's Toy Symphony with violinist Joshua Bell.
Sara is the board chair of MASSCreative, the Massachusetts arts advocacy organization. She regularly presents on why arts matter and leads workshops on 'storytelling for change'. She formerly served as the board chair of Tremendous Hearts, and of the Youth Pro Musica children's chorus.
On sabbatical in 2011, Stackhouse spent a year with her family in Cape Town working with the Sibongile Care Centre for disabled children. Work included coordination of a mural project, the grand opening celebration for a new day care center, resource development, and direction of a short film.
Sara holds a degree in theater from Oberlin College. She lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with her amazing husband and fabulous children.