Sarah Frankcom (born 1968) is an English theatre director. She was an artistic director of the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester from 2008 to 2019,when she became director of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Sarah Frankcom was born in Sheffield. She studied at Westfield College which was a constituent college of the University of London and then at Goldsmith's College, London where she obtained her PGCE.
After working as a drama teacher in the East End, she began to work with new writers and drama schools. She spent time at the National Theatre Studio, Oval House and The Red Room and taught at the Poor School. She originally joined the Royal Exchange as literary manager in 2000, before becoming an associate artistic director and then artistic director in 2008. With the departure of Greg Hersov in 2014 she became the sole artistic director.
In October 2018 she won the UK Theatre Award for best director for her production of Our Town .
Her credits include:
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