Sarah Jae Leiber is a writer (mostly plays, screenplays, and film/TV/music criticism), singer (mostly Carole King covers), and actor (mostly not anymore) based in New York City. She is, crucially, from Philadelphia. She is also funny and Jewish and on Twitter.
As a playwright and screenwriter, Sarah Jae writes about and through the lens of pop culture, Jewishness, and being a weird girl. In December of 2021, a play she wrote following a two-day workshop with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel was chosen out of over 50 plays to be read in a festival at McCarter Theatre Center. Muhlenberg College produced The Repair Man in the fall of 2018; Rascal Arts produced Grand Theft Tea Leaves at Theatre Row in the summer of 2017. Her first full-length play, PLEASE LAUGH, received a reading at Pete's Candy Store in the winter of 2023, and her 30-minute TV dramedy pilot, Hearts and Bones, was a semifinalist in ScreenCraft's 2021 TV Pilot Script competition. Check her out on New Play Exchange and Coverfly.
Sarah covers the culture beat at Jewish Women's Archive and has been a freelance video writer for WatchMojo and a contributing satirist at The Broadway Beat. Her byline exists at Polygon, Bitch Media, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, The Niche, Film Daze, Screen Mayhem, Screen Queens, Grow Up, The Daily Drunk, Sally Mag, Small Screen, Uncomfortable Revolution, and The Validation Project. She also loves interviewing artists and has been lucky enough to speak to some of her favorites, including Rachel Bloom, Joel Grey, Norbert Leo Butz, Leslie Odom Jr., Yeardley Smith, Jane Krakowski, Kristin Chenoweth, Jaime Camil, Ariana DeBose, Stephen Root, Mike Viola, and Kenneth Branagh.
She writes a pop culture newsletter called "hit me with some more lame tautology, socrates." She's also "the voice" of The Flashpaper issue three, singing an original musical theatre song by Marc Jablonski.
Sarah is an alumna of Actors Theatre of Louisville's 48th Professional Training Company and the 2020 TEDxBroadway Young Professionals program. She's also worked for the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, BroadwayWorld, and Lantern Theatre Company. Get in touch!