Most Valuable Players

A Guide to Austin Stage Actors

Sarah Richardson and Shawn Sides in <i>Big Love</i>
Sarah Richardson and Shawn Sides in Big Love (Photo By Bret Brookshire)

Sarah Richardson

On the scene since: 1991

MVP for: Rude Mechanicals

Recent roles: Olympia, Big Love, Rudes, 2001; Johanna, Requiem for Tesla, Rudes, 2001; Mother, WAR, Rudes, 2000; Wark (Ugly), In the House of the Moles, Rudes, 2000; various, Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling, Frontera, 1999; Meliss, Crucks, Rudes, 1998.

Honors: Critics Table & Payne nominations, WAR; Critics Table nomination, House of Moles.

One-fourth of the outrageously talented Rude Mechs quadrumvirate, Richardson has brought much power and polish to a diversity of roles upon their Off Center stage and beyond. Although she's a sight to behold and a character-rendering marvel, it's her voice that has the greatest impact. Close your eyes for a moment during her next appearance: By itself, her well-modulated, perfectly accented voice (she's mastered Southern, British, Cockney, French, German, and more, and has provided many commercial voiceovers) will suspend whatever disbeliefs you may harbor -- about anything.

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