Sara Buffamanti is a member of the Drama studio faculty at the LaGuardia High School for Music and Art & the Performing Arts. She has also taught at St. Francis College, Columbia University, Barnard College, the Yale School of Drama and the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Sara received her BFA in Acting from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her MFA in Acting from Columbia University.
Sara has performed all over the world in musicals, classics, new plays and devised works. Internationally, she has worked in Germany, Seoul, Bologna, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Jakarta. In New York City her work has been seen at PS 122, Dixon Place, the Bushwick Starr, the Wild Project, the Chocolate Factory, Incubator Arts Project, HERE, The Metropolitan Opera New York Theater Workshop, Noor Theater, and Queens Theater.
Sara is available for private vocal coaching and lessons for both actors and non-actors.
Excerpt from Statement of Educational Philosophy
Relation is reciprocity. My you acts on me as I act on it. Our students teach us, our works form usInscrutably involved, we live in the currents of universal reciprocity. - Martin Buber
Ancient Greek initiates in all disciplines of learning were taught through the format of theater, as it was considered the most whole body experience for the acquisition of both interdisciplinary knowledge and practical life lessons. Students of acting are practical anthropologists, examining the personal, philosophical, professional, psychological and political lives of others throughout history and in contemporary society. This examination encourages empathy and facilitates the embodiment of ideas through tangible actions in the service of intimate and epic storytelling. I am a professional teacher and practitioner trained to a professional level in acting, movement, devising, theater making and all aspects of voice. I am a lifelong learner; always curious, always inquisitive, always looking at how we play, how we learn and how we shed light into dark places through sharing in the ancient rites of storytelling in all its many forms and mediums. I am instinctive, intuitive and responsive to the class. I have experience working with a multitude of demographics and skill sets including actors, professional lay people, international students and physically and intellectually disabled actors with an inclusive pedagogy and person-centered learning model in the classroom.