Hi! I’m Sarah, and I was an actor in Chicago, IL, originally from Palo Alto, CA. I graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Theatre, Business, and Musical Theatre. Though I'm no longer active in Chicago's theatre community, I keep this site up as a record.

Currently, I'm putting the other half of my degree (Business) to good use and pursuing a career in marketing & communications. 


When I’m not working, I love being outdoors, binge-listening to podcasts, and hunting for the perfect gin and tonic. 

For more information about my time as an actor, keep scrolling!





Hello, Landor!

August 12, 2019

After a wonderful year of performing, I am putting the other half of my degree (Business) to good use and pursuing a career in marketing and communications. I am currently interning at Landor Brand Consulting, where my work focuses in project management, client services, research, and brand strategy. Stay tuned for more updates!

Marriott Theatre presents Footloose

April 17, 2019

This spring I will join the Marriott's cast of Footloose as the Ariel Standby, Urleen/Bickle u/s, and Female Ensemble Swing. I can't wait to tackle this incredible track and work on one of my favorite shows with friends old and new. Footloose will be directed by Gary Griffin, choreographed by William Carlos Angulo, and Music Directed by Ryan T. Nelson.

Chicago Talent Network

January 01, 2020

I recently signed with Chicago Talent Network, the Midwest's top non-union talent agency for on-camera, voice over, and print. I'm thrilled to join such a wonderful talent community. For more information about CTN, click the link below.

Brooke Astor's Last Affair Comes to CMTF

February 04, 2019

This Winter I will be playing Brooke Astor in the Chicago Music Theatre Festival's production of Brooke Astor's Last Affair, running February Feb 4th -22nd. I love exploring new theatrical works  and helping bring new art to life at every stage in the development process. For more information about this incredible festival, visit

Holiday Inn at the Marriott Theatre

December 12, 2018

I am thrilled to be joining the cast of the Marriott Theatre's Holiday Inn as Ensemble and u/s Linda Mason starting December 12th! Direct from Broadway, this production is directed by tony-nominated choreographer Denis Jones. See you in Lincolnshire this Holiday season!

Shrek at the Marriott Theatre

October 05, 2019

I am so excited to return to the Marriott in their fall TYA production of Shrek! Catch the cast letting our freak flags wave October 5th - December 30th.

Pinkalicious EXTENDED!

August 19, 2018

The Marriott's pinkatastic summer TYA musical Pinkalicious has been extended to August 19th!

Pinkalicious at the Marriott Theatre

August 12, 2018

I am thrilled to join the Marriott Theatre family as a part of their summer production of Pinkalicious! I will be understudying the role Alison/Dr. Wink/Butterfly. The show runs July 14th - August 12th.

87th Annual Waa-Mu Show: Manhattan Miracle

May 12, 2018

I will perform in my final iteration of The Waa-Mu Show titled Manhattan Miracle this May. I have also served as a Co-Chair for this year's production. 

New York Showcase

I will be performing in both the acting and musical theatre portions of Northwestern's New York Showcase! The showcase will be March 27th at 5PM and 28th at 12PM at the Second Stage Theater.

If you're interested in attending, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Marie in Tomorrowland

Catch me this February in AMTP's new musical reading of Marie in Tomorrowland, directed by Sam Pinkleton (Natasha/Pierre). Marie in Tomorrowland is written by the Larson Grant recipients Erato A. Kremmyda (music) and Maggie-Kate Coleman (book & lyrics). This reading will be music directed by Dr. Ryan T Nelson. The best part? This reading is free!

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Sarah Ohlson



Eyes: Blue

Hair: Blonde

Regional Theatre                                                                                                                       

Anything Goes*                           Reno Sweeney                   Metropolis PAC

                                                                                                      d. Gary Griffin | c. William Carlos Angulo

Footloose                                     Ariel standby,                     Marriott Theatre

                                                       u/s Urleen, female swing     d. Gary Griffin | c. William Carlos Angulo

Holiday Inn                                   Linda Mason u/s,               Marriott Theatre

                                                                Ensemble                     d. and c. Denis Jonesd

Shrek                                             Pig 3, Ensemble                 Marriott Theatre

                                                                                                      d. Scott Weinstein | c. William Carlos Angulo

Pinkalicious                                    Alison/Dr. Wink u/s          Marriott Theatre

                                                                                                      d. and c. Amanda Tanguay 

Educational Theatre                                                                                                                  

Company                                         Susan                                Northwestern Mainstage

                                                                                                      d. William Brown | c. William Angulo

Ragtime                                           Mother                              Northwestern University

                                                                                                      d. Michael Herwitz

The Great Gatsby                           Jordan Baker                    Northwestern Mainstage

                                                                                                     d. Michael Cotey | c. Jeff Hancock

The Who’s Tommy                          Specialist                          Northwestern Mainstage

                                                                                                      d. Geoff Button

Readings, Concerts, and New Work                                                                                                         

Brooke Astor's Last Affair                   Brooke Astor                      Chicago Music Theatre Festival

                                                                                                      By Eric Grunin & Rachel Migler

                                                                                                      d. Nic Thornton

A Starry Night                                            Soloist                                Commfest: Hosted by Stephen Colbert

                                                                                                      d. Peter Flynn & Don Weiner

Marie in Tomorrowland                        Marie Curie                       Northwestern Mainstage

                                                                                                      By Erato Kremmyda &Maggie-Kate Coleman

                                                                                                      d. Sam Pinkleton

The Proxy Marriage                        Bridey Taylor (lead)           American Music Theatre Project

                                                                                                      By Adam Gwon & Michele Lowe

                                                                                                      d. Nick Bowling

Waa-Mu: Manhattan Miracle         Annie Kemp Bowler         Northwestern Mainstage

                                                                                                      d. Stephen Schellhardt | c. Amanda Tanguay

This is Modern Art                          Selena                               Northwestern University 

                                                                                                      d. Shawn Douglass


*denotes current/upcoming, **denotes replacement 


Kid Bytes (5 episodes)                   Sarah                                 PennTV Channel 26

                                                                                                      Dir. Eron Block

Dosed                                             Choir Singer                     HWN Studios

                                                                                                      Dir. Barack Goldman

Education & Training                                                                                                           

Northwestern University                BA in Theatre, Musical Theatre, Business

Acting                                              Gail Shapiro, David Catlin, Cindy Gold, Kate Fry

Music Theatre                                 Amanda Dehnert, Stephen Schellhardt

Voice and Music                             Roberta Duchak, Melissa Foster, Kelli McHugh, Ryan Nelson
Movement and Dance                   Shanna VanDerwerker, Jeff Hancock, Tommy Rapley, Matt Hawkins

On-Camera                                     Michael McCracken

NHSI “Cherubs” Program             Lynn Baber, Jeff Parker, Cody Estle, Krista Apple-Hodge


Special Skills & Experience                                                                                                

Sight reading & tonal memory training; Ear for dialect; Vocal Arranging; Forward roll, Bb trumpet, 

Paskal Rudnicke Casting Intern; 87th Annual Waa-Mu Show Co-Chair, Barre Instructor (The Barre Code).




Trailer - Shrek at The Marriott Theatre

"Banker's Bargain - Manhattan Miracle at Northwestern University

"What's the Buzz" - Beyond Belief at Northwestern University



Shrek the musical

“Fourteen of Chicago’s most likably talented young triple threats create the magic in this ensemble-driven production, often playing many different roles...The brilliant, multitalented ensemble also includes…Sarah Ohlson.” - Highly Recommended, Chicago Theatre Review, Colin Douglas.

“Leave it to Marriott Theatre and their staff to bring a huge musical to their in-the-round- stage with just the right touch…The ensemble is delightful, changing costumes and characters in seconds… They are terrific!” 5 out of 5 Stars, Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago

Holiday inn

“[A] stellar 16-member ensemble.” - Recommended, Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

“The show’s ensemble of dancer-singers is exceptionally skillful and attractive…You could not wish for a more ideal alternative to the familiar “holiday show lineup.” - Highly Recommended, Hedy Weiss, WTTW

“The show’s ensemble of dancer-singers is exceptionally skillful and attractive…You could not wish for a more ideal alternative to the familiar “holiday show lineup.” - Highly Recommended, Hedy Weiss, WTTW

“An uplifting evening of wonderful music performed by an energetic and talented cast of players…A tip of the hat to [the ensemble].”

4 Stars, Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago.




Tel: 650.388.6752

Headshot: Ian McLaren Photography, Parade Photos: Nate Bartlett Photography, Secret Garden & Bright New Boise Photos: Mari Uchida, All other production photos: Justin Barbin Photography

© 2018 Sarah Ohlson