Sarah McMullan is the Founder and Managing/Artistic Director. Forty-six years ago, the Lamp-Lite Theatre was born under her direction and inspiration.
Sarah moved to Nacogdoches from her native state of Mississippi, where she founded the Hattiesburg Little Theatre and served as Arts/Entertainment Editor of the Hattiesburg American.
Over the years, she has directed more than 300 productions for the Lamp-Lite Theatre, as well as guest directing for SFASU’s Summer Rep program in Rusk, Texas. She also directed the Sesquicentennial play, Nacogdoches: Gateway to Texas, as her contribution to the community historical celebration.
Sarah says she fell in love with the theater when she first appeared on stage at the age of five in a Christmas play, and her love affair has continued throughout the years.
She studied speech art as a child and began acting and directing in Virginia. She holds a B.A. in theatre from the University of Southern Mississippi. She furthers her knowledge of current theatre through “field trips.” At least once a year, she travels to the East Coast, sampling the new theatre season in New York and Washington to select the best new plays for East Texas. Consequently, Lamp-Lite audiences saw On Golden Pond and Crimes of the Heart before they became motion pictures. By the same token, Greater Tuna and Social Security played here a season before most community theaters in the area.
Occasionally, Sarah returns to her first love, acting, with appearances in the Lamp-Lite production of The Christmas Carol and appearances on stage at Lamp-Lite. Favorite roles at the theatre include the actress in The Elephant Man, Julia in The Cocktail Party, Dorothy in Inspecting Carol, Mrs. St. Maugham in The Chalk Garden, Lettice Douffet in Lettice and Lovage, and Vada in The Exact Center of the Universe and Queen Aggravaine in Once Upon a Mattress.
She has guest acted at The Southern Playhouse (a summer stock theater), in chancel drama in Washington, D.C., and at Modern Language Association in New York and Chicago. She personally conducts workshops at the Lamp-Lite Theatre and enjoys bringing out new talent, as well as working with “old pros.”
Sarah has five grown children (three lawyers, one doctor and one actress) and eight grandchildren.