“Comedian and Vancouver culture maven.”-WestEnder “Sara is a peripatetic performer with an MA from Goldsmiths and a book, Teen Angst: A Celebration of Really Bad Poetry, under her belt. She’s restlessly creative and ebullient, moving from project to project with the same sense of dedication and enthusiasm.” -Sean Cranbury – Granville Mag
Sara Bynoe likes to have fun.
She writes, acts, sings, performs, hosts, produces live events and likes to dance to early 90s dance music.
Sara trained as an actor at Studio 58 in Vancouver and has (briefly) worked with Sage Theatre, Boca Del Lupo, Upintheair Theatre, Solo Collective and the Walking Fish Festival.
Recently Sara completed a Masters Degree at Goldsmiths, University of London in Creative and Life Writing where she was tutored by some amazing writers including Blake Morrison, Maura Dooley and Bernadine Evaristo. At Goldsmiths Sara was shortlisted for the Pat Kavanagh Award for New Writers and hosted the launch of the Goldfish Literary journal.
While attending Goldsmiths Sara started writing a novel about a struggling actress who works as a street promoter and the strange relationship she develops with her boss who later becomes a male stripper. (Based on a true story, of course.) She is currently looking for an agent/ publisher for this quirky late coming of age story titled Quickie: The Quarter Life Crisis of Josephine Evans.
You might have heard about Sara because in 2000 she created the website www.TeenAngstPoetry.com: a comedic database of horrible poems people wrote when they were teenagers. The endeavor spun into hosting Teen Angst readings where adults share their embarrassing teenage poetry, journals, songs, letters and more. Then she edited an anthology Teen Angst: A Celebration of REALLY BAD Poetry (St. Martin’s Press, 2005).
Teen Angst has been called ‘Bloody Hilarious’ (ION Magazine) and the book was nominated for a New York Library Association Books of Summer award. Teen Angst has taken Sara to the UK for the Latitude Festival, to the USA to perform at Bumbershoot and was also featured at the High Performance Rodeo and the Uno Festival in her home and native land.
Then Sara created a solo show called Sparkle Bunny: The Last Raver Dancing. This was performed in Calgary (Sage Theatre), Victoria and Vancouver (Fringe Festivals) where critics compared her comedic talents to those of Carol Burnett (Terminal City). Sara also made some silly YouTube videos where people actually think Sparkle Bunny is real and leave comments like, ‘You make me want to kick a baby in the face, die raver die!’ In 2011 a short film co-wrote by Sara Bynoe and Matthew Kowalchuck called Sparkle Bunny made it to the final 13 at the Crazy 8s film fest, although they did not get to make their film they are hoping to complete it this year.
Sara is very interested in fun based participatory art like Dance Dance Party Party. She was Den Mother for the Vancouver Chapter from 2008-2014. It’s still running at the Mt Pleasant Community Centre.
In June of 2010 Sara created Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing. This is an alternative comedy show where performers (sometimes comedians, improvisors, actors, writers and local personalities) read from the very worst books they can find. Say Wha?! has been featured in the Courier, WE, CBC Radio, in the Vancouver Comedy Festival, Vancouver International Poetry Festival and the Olio Festival.
Sara Bynoe’s career highlights include: the Teen Angst book launch at the KGB bar in NYC, selling out BAD GRAD at the High Performance Rodeo in 2006 then getting rejected at her own after party at the Ship and Anchor because the bar was too full, getting a guest role on an American TV show after she was told she was “not pretty enough for tv,” packing the theatre at Bumbershoot 2008 and being quoted on NPR’s All Things Considered.
Phewf. That’s it. For now. If there’s anything else you need to know about Sara Bynoe just e-mail her.