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Sarah Lozoff (SDC) is the resident intimacy director for both the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and RudduR Dance, as well as the first intimacy director to work with American Ballet Theatre, on the groundbreaking commissioned work, Touché. She is the intimacy direction consultant for ABT’s Fall 2021 season, as well as a certified Gyrotonic trainer, movement director, and a partner with Production on Deck.
As a second generation dancer, Lozoff trained at Miami Conservatory (now Armour Dance Theatre), under Thomas Armour, Robert Pike, Ruth Wiesen, and Nancy Raffa. At the nationally renowned New World School of the Arts, she studied with Judith Newman, Gerri Houlihan, Peter London and many others. Professionally, Lozoff performed soloist and principal roles with Ballet Rosario Suarez, directed by Cuban prima ballerina, Rosario “Charin” Suarez.
For twenty years, Lozoff has taught ballet for professional companies, conservatories, public schools, and outreach programs. Over the last eight years, she’s choreographed and provided movement direction for theatre productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theater, and Mixed Blood Theatre, as well as intimacy direction for Oregon Shakespeare Festival and American Ballet Theatre.
In addition to her performing arts background, Lozoff has a rich history with both social justice work, and birth work. She is a second generation activist who’s well versed in current EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) practices and presently sits on the EDI committee for USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology). Lozoff was also a birth doula and childbirth educator for many years, during which time she produced events and moderated panels centered around informed choice and consent. Her work in the above arenas has given Sarah a unique insight and preparation for intimacy work in performance.
Lozoff is currently intimacy directing and consulting for both American Ballet Theatre and RudduR Dance, conducting talent acquisition searches with Production on Deck, teaching the Gyrotonic Method in Los Angeles, and consulting on dance, theatre, and educational projects nationwide.