We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Powell and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sarah, what principle do you value most?
Integrity. It’s something I never realized I wanted until I was treated with little of it myself. It has become something like a golden rule for me—to treat others the way I want to be treated and, more importantly, to do the right thing when no one is looking. Definitely a lifelong pursuit.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I was that kid who always had musical potential. I could sing, picked up piano easily, and so music school was always the obvious choice. The problem was, I never fit into the right “boxes” and rejection hit hard for me. As an adult I realized if I wanted to continue to make art, it had to be for reasons other than applause and approval. So much of my early performance career was spent trying to achieve what I thought others wanted to see, that I forgot who I actually was as an artist. My last decade has been about rediscovering that artist, and finally being brave enough to make the kind of art I want to make, with the people I want to make it WITH. I started a theater company called The Table Co\Lab with fellow DFW artists Chris Sanders and Caroline Rivera. And then along came the opportunity to make La Ti Do happen in Dallas. All of a sudden the producer hat fit me very well and it’s given me artistic fulfillment that I’d been missing when I was waiting for someone else to give me permission to create.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in Grapevine, which is super convenient to get to all areas of DFW, so we’d go all over. Locally, I’d definitely hit Brew and Batter for coffee and waffles, then take them over to visit my brother’s brewery, Hop and Sting. In Dallas, we’d probably hit up Clyde Warren Park for a food truck lunch, go to the Dallas Museum of Art, and definitely see a show, maybe Uptown Players or DTC. A stop at Union coffee is ALWAYS a must. Fort Worth side to do’s are the FW Zoo, Casa Manana, and the Botanic Gardens. Can you tell I have small children and don’t stay out late much? Ha!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mom is my inspiration for constantly reinventing myself. She was a teacher, then a stay at home mom, and then had a whole second career with CASA of Denton County. When she retired she became a yoga instructor. She taught me it’s never to late in life to do what fulfills you.

Website: www.LaTiDo productions.com

Instagram: @sarahleighan, @thetableco_lab

Image Credits
Landon Roseberry

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