"I can barely count the myriad of ways in which [In the Heights at NYU] transcended what one might expect of a "college" performance... And what a cast! They and Sarah Anne Fernandez, who has one of the best voices I've ever heard in my entire career, have very bright future's ahead of them."
- David Cady, Casting Director
"Sarah has an incredibly lovely presence and a great deal of natural talent as an actor."
- Kenneth Noel Mitchell, Director
"Sarah is an exceptionally talented singer who goes above and beyond. She is extremely focused and grounded. I have rarely encountered a singer so mature and dedicated to her vocal work. It will be my greatest pleasure to witness her impending success."
- Karen Parks, Oliver Award Nominee
"Sarah pushes herself and it shows in her work. Always asking questions, finding new ways to approach the work."
- Eden Espinosa, Former Elphaba in Wicked
Sarah Anne Fernandez is a singer, dancer, actress, writer, and composer based in New York City. Originally hailing from Long Island, New York, Sarah found a love for singing at age 2 when she discovered The Little Mermaid. From that moment forward she developed an affinity for dancing and singing to 90's Britney Spears music and Disney classics, so much so that when her mother would pick her up from Pre-K she would find her in a different classroom every day on a makeshift stage entertaining her fellow students. The obsession intensified when Sarah found theatre at age 10, after her cousins took her to see Wicked for her birthday and she fell in love with the profession that allowed her to sing, dance, and act at the same time.
Sarah is currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in The New Studio on Broadway (Musical Theatre). Her list of professors can read as a who's-who list of some of Broadway's biggest stars, including Tony, Grammy, Oliver, and Obie Award winners. Training at the New Studio on Broadway is by far one of the best decisions of Sarah's life and has provided unparalleled training that she is eager to use in her future theatrical endeavors.
When she's not performing, Sarah finds passion and creative expression in writing and composing. Sarah has completed three full-length novels which she is currently in the process of editing. Sarah hopes to publish these three novels, and others that she is currently working on, in the near future. Aside from novel writing, Sarah is also currently working on three original musicals: Detention: The Musical (Book, Music, and Lyrics), The List (Book and Lyrics), and Off the Wall (Book and Concept). Sarah's most recent musical works, The Wicked Bitch of the West (Book and Concept) and Off the Wall (Book and Concept), had their first fully-staged workshops at the New Studio on Broadway's Free Play Festivals in January of 2016 and 2017, respectively. Aside from these projects, Sarah is also currently working on writing and self-recording an album of original music, which she is hoping to complete within the next year.
Sarah also has an immense passion for teaching and is currently pursuing a minor in Education, with a concentration in Theater and English Literature, alongside her Drama degree at NYU in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Sarah is currently on the staff at Garden City Dance Studio, teaching musical theater and dance to children of all ages. She also coaches acting and teaches private voice to children ages 7 and up. Sarah's students have gone on to have leading roles in many productions in highly established theaters, including the Paper Mill Playhouse (recipient of the 2016 Regional Theater Tony Award). She hopes to one day be able to share her passions for theatre and literature with students of any and all ages, in any capacity she is awarded to. While Sarah's true love is performance, she believes it is so important to teach, inspire, and cultivate young artists to help create the next generation of thinkers and theatre-makers.
When she's not doing any of this (which is rare), Sarah can be found attempting to relax by spending time with her family and friends, reading, baking and decorating cupcakes and cakes, binge watching "Friends" and "The Office," or talking about the impact Wicked had on American Musical Theatre history (for real - just ask her friends).