Sarah Pleydell, MFA, a graduate of Oxford and London Universities, is an award-winning writer, performer and playwright who teaches English and writing at the University of Maryland. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Cologne, was published in 2012 by Fuze Publishing, Inc. Sarah holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, and was honored by the UMD Honors College with an Outstanding Faculty & Commencement Speaker Award. For the past 20 years she has been a master teaching artist and arts integration specialist, working with institutions that include The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Luce Institute. In 2000, she won the American Association for Theatre Educators’ award for best book of the year for The Dramatic Difference: Drama in the Preschool and Kindergarten Classroom, by Victoria Brown and Sarah Pleydell, and has been honored with a Fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work was included in Electric Grace: Still More Fiction by Washington Area Women, published by Paycock Press. She has also taught drama and literature at American University, the University of Maryland, Washington International School and Washington Latin Public Charter School. She has performed in dozens of productions locally at Horizons Theatre, Scena Theatre, Source Theatre, and Sanctuary Theatre; in England she performed with the Oxford and Cambridge Theatre companies. Sarah has generated and performed scripts, including Women’s Work at Horizons Theatre and Revolutionary: The Life and Work of Isadora Duncan at Word Dance Theatre, and was a Founder of PANDORA: Women in Arts and Letters.