Sara Tilley is a theatre artist, writer and clown from St. John’s, NL. A graduate of the BFA Acting Program at York University, Sara founded She Said Yes! theatre company in 2002. She has written/co-written/co-created ten plays to date, and has directed/co-directed several productions, including her clown play The (In)complete Herstory of Women in Newfoundland (and Labrador!), named Best St. John’s Theatre Production of 2009 by the Scope Reader’s Survey (co-directed with Lois Brown and co-produced by RCA Theatre and She Said Yes!). Sara teaches Clown through Mask and Neutral Mask, having studied clown and mask with various teachers, including Dean Gilmour, Sue Morrison and Ian Wallace, who mentored Sara as a teacher in 2008. Her first novel, Skin Room (Pedlar Press, 2008), won the Percy Janes First Novel Award and the Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, and was shortlisted for both the Winterset Award and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize. Sara was awarded the Rhonda Payne Award in 2007, which recognizes the contribution of a female artist to the theatre community of Newfoundland and Labrador.