Sarah Rooney grew up in Connecticut and obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Musical Theatre, from Syracuse University. After graduating she continued her vocal studies in the UK and New Zealand, before performing more than fifty solo vocal recitals and operas in the United States, Australia, the UK and New Zealand. Sarah was also the Business Manager and Executive Theater Producer at BATS Theatre, Producer of Summer Shakespeare, and the Producer for Young and Hungry Theatre Company. In addition to performing and producing, she taught and directed classes for theater, voice and stage at the Wellington Theatre for Performing Arts (NZ), Oregon Children’s Theatre and School (USA), and St. Mary’s in Sydney (AU). She also maintained a private singing studio for ten years.
Obtaining her MBA, with Merit, from Victoria University, Wellington NZ, and Georgia Institute of Technology, Sarah moved from Wellington to Atlanta Georgia in 2012 and spent two years working with Usher at his Non-Profit foundation, Usher’s New Look, as Director of Communications and Technology. In 2015 she moved to Los Angeles and began her photography studies at the Los Angeles Center for Photography (LACP), where she is currently part of the One Year Professional Program.
Most recently Sarah was awarded an Honorable Mention in the NY Photo Curator competition, curated by Frances Jakubek. In July 2017 she was selected by Paula Tongarelli, Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography, to show work at the dnj Gallery for LACP’s Fourth Annual Member’s Exhibit. In addition, she has shown work in “On the Streets of Los Angeles” and “Faculty, Members and Alumni Exhibition” at the Los Angeles Center of Photography in Hollywood, California.
In 2018, Sarah completed her One Year Professional Photography Certification at the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Sarah collaborated with fellow photographer, Sasha Dylan Bell on the conceptual project entitled, "Fear of Dreaming" which culminated with a book, a gallery showing in Hollywood and an arts talk at the East LA Open Show in mid-2019. Sarah and Sasha were featured on the award winning podcast, "The Candid Frame" (Episode 469).
Sarah currently has her new personal project, "Rise of the Searching Soul" on display as part of the Long Beach City Arts Walk at Envy Salon (September 2019-October 2019).
A photographer for animal welfare and rescue organizations, Sarah documents events for Best Friends Animal Society, Seen Equals Saved, and Wags and Walks. When not photographing animals, she is capturing every day life on the street or planning her next travel adventure. Sarah lives in Long Beach, California with her furry, four-legged family (two rescue dogs and one rescue cat).