Award-winning actor, therapist and children’s theatre facilitator Sara Herrnstadt Crosby ’76 will deliver the keynote address at Stephens’ December 2014 commencement ceremony.
The event is 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, in the Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall. Roughly 50 students will participate.
Crosby received her B.F.A. in Theatre from Stephens and enjoyed a varied acting career based out of New York City. Her roles brought her to Off-Broadway, television and film as well as regional theaters. Most notably, she starred in Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” opposite Kevin Spacey for the Barter Theatre at George Mason University and Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre as Wilhelmina in “The Passion of Dracula.” On television, she appeared on “All My Children.”
In 1984, Crosby left N.Y.C. for Chicago where she began the Graduate Social Work program at Loyola University of Chicago. Since graduating in 1986, Crosby has worked as a psychotherapist with individuals, couples and groups in the Chicago area and Madison, Wisc. She has given many workshops on several issues, including women’s issues, prejudice and discrimination, and suicide prevention, to name a few.
In 2001, Crosby co-founded the award-winning Dakota Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA). She is the lead facilitator and a director for DAPA at the Pavilion Plays for Living Theatre Company.
Crosby also sits on the board of directors for the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, and works as a consultant in the field of social justice and as a consultant for Plays for Living National in N.Y.C.
She is the 2013 Champion for Children award winner for South Dakota Voices for Children. Crosby is a licensed clinical social worker and lives in Sioux Falls, S.D., with her husband, Daniel, where they raised their three children.
Meredith Jacob and Madeline Carl, both earning B.F.A.s in film, will deliver remarks on behalf of the undergraduate class and Sandra Silva, who is earning a Master in Strategic Leadership, will represent the graduate class.
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