Dr. Sara K. Schneider has opened up the hearts and souls of clients across the professions, not-for-profit, and corporate sectors, so that they can perform more effectively in their roles, fulfill their organizations’ missions, and deliver services to their own constituencies with the passion they’d been seeking.
Sara has courage, imagination, sensitivity, finesse. Her dedication to and excitement in learning are contagious.
She earned her undergraduate degree from Yale and her Ph.D. from New York University and, in addition to her consulting work, has deep academic experience as a social scientist in the professional development of future service providers. In her drive to impact the provision of services across the professions, she works with teachers from pre-K through college, as they earn their masters and doctoral degrees at National Louis University, teaching them how to lead for change, work effectively with the diversities in their midst, and incorporate multiple ways of knowing in their classrooms.
Dr. Sara K.
Sara has applied her depth of understanding about human performance across seemingly disparate fields. She has taught novice undercovers how to survive by their acting smarts on the streets, nurses how to work with those they might regard as cultural “others,” and teachers how to use the bodies of their students for learning.
She’s the author of books about undercover cops’ acting techniques, mannequin displays in New York store windows as a form of theatre, and how singers create characterizations when singing art songs. She has conducted fieldwork on what bodies do and mean when they move in the martial arts traditions of India, the dance traditions of Indonesia and the Serbian diaspora in Romania, and has studied an invented indigenous yoga tradition in a men’s prison in west central Illinois.
She is also a theatre-maker whose most recent work for the stage is the play American Yogi, believed to be the first play that is both set in the global yoga and spirituality marketplace and that advances its very action through virtuosic yoga. To learn more, see American Yogi.
Sara’s previous works for the stage include Color Story, In Peerage Out, and Poetry/Because Names Die. She has taught at the Drama School of the University of Washington and in the Theatre Departments of Berea College and University of Kentucky and has directed opera, theatre, and movement works. She founded and was the artistic director of Chaparral Productions in New York, where she managed the board and volunteers, earned corporate sponsorship and foundation dollars, and engaged collaborators.
Infectious energy! Friendly, energetic, and fun.
She has practiced yoga since 2000, and has taught in Chicago since 2004 at yoga studios, health clubs, the Old Town School of Folk Music, and, most recently, the Metropolitan Correctional Center. See the profile on her work with the women inmates at goo.gl/EzggMk.
A California native, she is happy to have made her home in Chicago.