Sarah J. Cornelius has more than ten years of experience in the entertainment industry as an actor in professional theatre, film, television, music, commercials and print. She is a multiple award winner for lead acting at major film festivals. She has also held the roles of writer, composer, and producer.
Sarah is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. From her schooldays in the Midwest to her first years as an adult in New York City, she performed in over 30 plays and musicals, including the title role in Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler”, Sally Bowles in “Cabaret”, Alice in "Closer", Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady”, Sheila in “A Chorus Line”, the Narrator in “Joseph...", and the title role in “Gigi”.
Ms. Cornelius made her screen debut in the acclaimed short film “Leave You In Me”. Her vulnerably raw work in the film garnered her Best Actress Award wins at the NYC PictureStart Film Festival and LA’s Show Off Your Short Film Festival. She additionally received a Best Actress nomination at The Method Fest in Los Angeles.
When Sarah made the move to Los Angeles, she immediately played primetime network guest star roles on “Ghost Whisperer”, “Monk” and “Mental”. Her national commercials range from "AT&T" to multiple spots for "Dodge".
Ms. Cornelius met director-producer Rick Rosenthal (HALLOWEEN II, BAD BOYS, TRANSPARENT) as an actor on his set for the FOX drama "Mental" in 2008. As she began independently writing and producing her own original short films and web projects, Mr. Rosenthal invited her to collaborate on some writing projects. In the fall of 2014, he brought her onboard full-time as creative executive at his award-winning independent film company Whitewater Films. Since Sarah joined the company, Whitewater has premiered feature films at Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, South By Southwest Festival, and others.
As Ms. Cornelius's ambitions as an actor continue to evolve, she is additionally drawn to producing film and television. She finds both sides of the camera to be rewarding and inspiring. She married her partner, actor and entrepreneur Curt Cornelius in 2016. They share a home with their two dogs, Lola and Edgar.