Sarah Winkler

Courtney Burkett, Sarah Clare Corporandy and Sarah Winkler are the Founders and Co-Producing Artistic Directors of Detroit Public Theatre. — Courtney, a native Detroiter, is a producer, director and actor. Courtney’s DPT directing credits include American Hero, Murder Ballad (Wilde Award Nomination: Best Musical; It’s All Theatre: “Best of Season”), and the touring production of Detroit ‘67. This season she will direct Marie and Rosetta. Prior to founding DPT, Courtney spent five years as the Director of Theatre Programs at Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, where she trained and mentored hundreds of young actors. Directing credits at Mosaic include The Tempest, Candide, Hastings Street, Lil Ham, and The Crucible. Before Mosaic, Courtney was a founding Artistic Partner with Breathe Art Theatre Project, where she directed and produced many productions and appeared in boom (Winner: The Rogue Critic Best Supporting Actress). Courtney spent two years working at the University of Michigan as the managing director of the CRLT Players. In that position, she oversaw 50 applied theatre performances annually on campuses throughout the country. Courtney also served as the business manager for the University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company. While at UDM, Courtney taught in the Department of Theatre and directed and performed in Theatre Company productions. She received her BFA from Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts and her MFA from Wayne State’s Hilberry Theatre program the Director. — Sarah Clare returned home to Michigan to found Detroit Public Theatre in 2015. She continues to serve as Managing Director at Chautauqua Theatre Company where she has worked for more than 10 years. She previously served as Managing Director for Philadelphia’s celebrated interdisciplinary ensemble Pig Iron Theater Co. and as company manager for Barrington Stage and New York Stage & Film. She served as an artistic partner with the Canadian-American cross-border Breathe Art Theatre Project and on the advisory boards of New York Shakespeare Exchange and the Serenbe Playhouse in Georgia. From 2009-2012, Sarah Clare held a full-time professorship at Savannah College of Art and Design, teaching in the master’s program for arts administration on both the Savannah and Atlanta campuses and through their online eLearning program, for which she developed new course curriculua. She currently serves as a professor at SCAD, the University of Kentucky, and Wayne State University. Her work has been published in the International Journal of the Arts in Society. Sarah Clare earned her BA in voice and theater from Hope College and an MFA in arts administration from Wayne State University. — Sarah Winkler moved to Metro Detroit in 2013 from New York City. She met Courtney Burkett and Sarah Clare Corporandy that same year and began building Detroit Public Theatre while working as an actor and teaching artist for area theatres. As an actress, Sarah has most recently appeared as Cyd in The Harassment of Iris Malloy at Detroit Public Theatre, Bodey in the Wilde Award-nominated A Lovely Sunday for Creve Couer at Tipping Point Theatre, and Gertrude in Hamlet at Water Works Theatre Company. She also serves as a facilitator in DPT's Shakespeare in Prison program at Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti. In New York, Sarah was a producing and ensemble artist with the Obie, Drama Desk, and Lucille Lortel award-winning Off-Broadway Epic Theatre Ensemble for more than a decade, serving as a producer, actor, teaching artist, and the director of development. As a producer with Epic, Sarah was a part of the team that brought Olivia Wilde to NYC for her Off-Broadway debut in Beauty on the Vine, and brought Sarah Ruhl’s hit Passion Play to Brooklyn for its critically acclaimed NYC premiere. As a member of Epic’s acting ensemble, Sarah performed in more than a dozen Off-Broadway productions, workshops, readings, and Shakespeare Remix productions. She also served as a teaching artist in Epic’s nationally recognized in-school and after-school programs in the New York City Public Schools. Sarah has produced and performed in numerous critically-acclaimed films and plays in New York City and around the country. Sarah is a founder of the non-profit Step Up Women’s Network - NY, where she developed and ran the mentorship and community partners programs for five years. She serves on Epic Theatre Ensemble’s board of directors and earned her Bachelor of Science in theatre from Skidmore College.