{Left}Sarah Carleton - In 2009 Sarah completed an MFA degree in performance from the University of Louisville, where she was able to focus on Shakespeare and multicultural theater, including studying in the University of Louisville's African American Theater Program.    

Sarah's work has combined an interest in cultural studies and stories through creating performance pieces that address topics such as adoption, race, human trafficking, and healing.   Her work has been performed at adoption seminars and on college campuses.     

Sarah's film work can be seen in collaboration with local filmmakers, specifically the Cleveland based Maple Films, with which she has worked with on several short films. Her work with Maple Films has included Transistor, for which she won Best Actress for the Cleveland 48HR Film Project in 2011, Undue Process, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress for the 2013 Cleveland 48HR Film Project, and Mind Over Manners for which she won Best Acting Ensemble with the rest of the cast for the 2014 Cleveland 48 HR Horror Film Project.  sarahbcarleton.com

 

 {Right}Lara Lynn Cottrill - Described as  “ a high-fashion model and a voice of size, clarity and wide coloristic range… a three-dimensional figure who combined vulnerability with strength and tugged at the heartstrings in her every breath and movement.”  (Pittsburgh Post Gazette 2013), soprano Lara Lynn Cottrill most recently performed Pamina with Undercroft Opera.   During Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s 2013 season, Ms. Cottrill portrayed Antonia in Tales of Hoffmann and Mamah in Shining Brow.  She covered Frasquita in Carmen as an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera and performed The Foreign Women in Menotti’s The Consul with Opera New Jersey. Other operatic roles include: Susannah in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, her Pittsburgh Opera debut as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Sandrina in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, The Young Conductor in La Divina, and Adina in The Elixir of Love.  

Lara was the 1st Place Winner in 2014 Coeur d’Alene Symphony Competition, 2013 2nd Prize Winner of the NOA Competition, 2011 Finalist for Opera Columbus, 2009 Winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society, and 2005 First Place of Friends of Eastman Opera.  Lara graduated with her master’s from Eastman School of Music and her bachelor’s from University of Miami.  Her recital appearances include the eastern United States, Idaho, Italy, Austria, and South Africa. laralynncottrillsoprano.com