Uptown Mugs #52 – Sarah Rankin

Chances are, if there is something theatre related happening uptown, Sarah is involved.  This energetic beauty not only works behind the scene at Saint John Theatre Company and as Festival Director for the Fundy Fringe Festival, she is a talented lady on stage as well.  She can often be found on the scene uptown, at Picaroon’s General Store, and soon will be running at full steam during the Fundy Fringe Festival, August 16-21st.

Let’s get to know Sarah…


Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born and raised in St. Stephen (Chocolate Capital of Canada!). 

How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?

I moved to Saint John in October of 2010 to be closer to my boyfriend (now husband), Rob. We’ve lived Uptown the whole time! First Peter Street, then Princess, and then finally bought a home on Duke St. I threw myself into the Uptown arts scene as soon as I could by acting in shows with the Saint John Theatre Company. From there, I was afforded the opportunity to help shape and run the Fundy Fringe Festival. I’m so happy that Saint John has embraced it, and sees the value in it. Our volunteers are the best too! I’ve never met a more dedicated group of people in my life. Getting to know all of them, and the artists and audience, I feel like I’ve been living here my whole life, despite having only lived here for 6 years.

What is your favorite season, and why?

Summer! There are so many exciting events that take place Uptown in the summer! We’ve got Fundy Fringe Festival, Third Shift, Area 506, Loyalist City Shakespeare, Buskers. Not to mention patios are open!

What is your ultimate favorite snack food?

Guacamole and chips

Any pets?

My 15 month old Siberian Husky, Watson. He’s an Uptown pooch. It’s amazing how many store are dog friendly. It’s a good feeling, knowing he can come with me when I’m running around, rather than being stuck at home. I also have two very needy lap cats, Jett and Schrodinger.

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

Lunch at Real Food Connection/Picaroons! Real Food Connection makes the best sandwiches, and they pair perfectly with a Picaroons brew. Picaroons is also dog friendly, which means Watson gets to be my lunch date.

Find Sarah and all of the details on Fundy Fringe Festival:

Online:  Fundy Fringe Festival

Facebook:  Fundy Fringe Festival

Twitter:  @FundyFringeFest

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