Sarah has been an academic for 16 years. Previously to that she worked in the animation industry in a variety of roles including: director, executive producer, writer and voice artist. She still voices the character of Miss Rabbit in the BAFTA winning preschool animation, Peppa Pig. She is currently developing research into the role of women in the animation industry as well as notions of meritocracy within a freelance culture.
After graduating Sarah went on to work on various shows including ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’, ‘Eastenders’ as a researcher and Pond Life for Channel 4. Sarah wrote and directed her own show for Channel 4 in the nineties, an animated soap opera called Crapston Villas produced by Spitting Image, which is still available on 4 On Demand. She also created a series called ‘Nights’ for Channel for starring Leslie Sharpe and Nick Hancock. Recently the BFI bought and distributed one of the short films she made at the RCA called ‘Honestly it’s the Story of my Life’. It’s available on the BFI player.
Sarah currently voices Miss Rabbit in BAFTA winning show ‘Peppa Pig’ and Nanny Plum in BAFTA winning show ‘Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom.’ Her research looks into the role of women in the animation industry and is a personal, ethnographic study. She has presented several papers about the research both here and internationally as well as producing and directing a documentary for Sky television called ‘British Animation Women Breaking The Mold’. The documentary has also been screened at the Manchester Animation Festival Conference and she has been invited to speak at other Universities. Sarah has won several awards for her work including Best Newcomer at the Independent Television Awards, Best Animation at the Broadcast Awards and Best Animation at The San Francisco Film Festival. She is currently a voting member of BAFTA. Sarah crosses the boundary between academia and industry and is keen to develop this symbiotic relationship to ensure exciting and innovative knowledge is exchanged.
- SD2, University of Central Lancashire, 2008
- PGCE, Institute of Education, London University, 2004
- MA Animation, Royal College of Art, 1989
- BA(hons) Fine Art, Newcastle Polytechnic
- Subject areas: Art, Design, TV, Film, Media, Performance and Photography
- BAFTA, Fellowship of Higher Education, Writers Guild
- Sarah is the academic advisor and course leader for MA Animation. She has strong links with industry which inform and develop the course.
- She is responsible for pedagogic development of students through seminars, lectures, visiting tutors and tutorials.
- She has developed assessment strategies to support and guide students through the course in preparation for industry or PhD research.