Lessons In Gardening When Ya Skin Is Brown And The World Is Too Tough – Sarahjeen François

Sarahjeen François [July 10, 1987] is a Haitian-American theatre artist based out of the Greater Los Angeles Area. Born and raised in Miami, FL, Sarahjeen found her love for the performing arts in music – She began playing piano and violin in the 5th grade and moved on to learn French Horn, Alto Saxophone, Bassoon, Flute, and guitar through to her senior year of high school having performed with marching bands, symphonic bands, jazz bands, and orchestras. After graduating high school, Sarahjeen moved to the south side of Atlanta, GA to pursue her BA in Performing Arts (Concentration in Theatre w/ a Minor in Dance) at Clayton State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Her time at Clayton State University truly built the foundation of her grasp on the intricacies devised theatre and new play development. From that point she was accepted into the Acting Apprentice Company at Horizon Theatre Company, one of Atlanta’s prominent equity houses known for producing outstanding new plays by contemporary playwrights, further enhancing her understanding in New Play Development through her participation in workshops, readings, and their annual New South Play Festival. Sarahjeen has recently graduated from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) with an MFA in Acting and has been an award recipient of the CalArts Diversity Grant and the CalArts Interdisciplinary Grant. Recent productions of Sarahjeen’s written works include her submission for the 2018 Atlanta Appco Alumni Series Collection— Surprise, You’re a Hasbian!, her 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival submission—Casualties of War, and her 2020 Winter Lab Fest submission—Louverture.