UW-Stevens Point

Assistant Professor
Theatre and Dance

Sarah E. Ross is an assistant professor of scenic design, properties design, and scenic art at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she is also earning her MBA and working towards her private pilot’s license. She is the Director of the Women’s Fund of Portage County and Co-Founder of the UWSP Center for Women’s Equity, Development, and Leadership. She is privileged to do this work on the ancestral lands of the Ho Chunk and Menominee Peoples along the Wisconsin River. Along with teaching in the Department of Theatre and Dance, Sarah has designed scenery, properties, puppets, and costumes for Peninsula Players Theater, Forward Theater Company, Renaissance Theaterworks, American Blues Theater, Marriott Theater Lincolnshire, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Joffrey Ballet, The Second City, Paramount Theater, Shattered Globe Theater, Theater at the Center, and Theater Wit. She is the recipient of Joseph Jefferson Awards for her designs. She earned her MFA from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is a proud member of Local United Scenic Artists 829.
Sarah’s research and teaching focus is in building connective tissue between the development of artistic skill & vision, and leadership & advocacy through the performing arts.


My philosophy of teaching and learning is centered in cultivation of curiosity and empathy, nurturing sustainable creativity and innovation, building unity by celebrating diverse perspective and ideas, bolstering intellectual and artistic growth through embodied learning, and embracing intentional collaboration.