Anderson, Sarah Pia 1952-

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Anderson, Sarah Pia 1952-


Born July 19, 1952, in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England; daughter of Stewart Angus and Eldina Pia Anderson. Education: University of Wales, University College of Swansea, B.A. (with honors), 1973. Avocational Interests: Photography, tennis, swimming.


Agent—Bradley Glenn, Kaplan Stahler Gumer Braun Agency, 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 923, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Manager—Andrea Simon, Andrea Simon Entertainment, 14011 Ventura Blvd., Suite 101S, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.


Director. Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England, trainee director, 1975-76, director, 1978-81; BBC-TV, director, 1978-85; Royal Shakespeare Company, director of a small-scale tour, between 1979 and 1983; also worked as stage manager for Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, and for Royal Shakespeare Company. University of California, Davis, professor of dramatic arts; former teacher at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Central School of Art and Design, London. Susan Smith Blackburn Award, London, judge, 1986.


Directors Guild of Great Britain (member of council, 1985-88; vice chair, 1987-88), British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Directors Guild of America, Women in Film.

Awards, Honors:

Samuel Beckett Award, 1983, for A Woman Calling; grant from Arts Council of Great Britain.


Stage Director:

These Men, Bush Theatre, London, 1981.

Waiting, Lyric Studio Theatre, London, 1982.

The Nest, Bush Theatre, 1986.

Rosmersholm, Cottesloe Theatre, National Theatre, London, 1987, then La Mama Experimental Theatre Club Annex, New York City, 1988.

Derek, Royal Shakespeare Company, London, 1987.

Old Year's Eve, Royal Shakespeare Company, Pit Theatre, London, 1987-88.

Carthaginians, Peacock Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, 1988, then Hampstead Theatre, London, 1989.

Mary and Lizzie, Royal Shakespeare Company, Pit Theatre, 1989.

Across Oka, Royal Shakespeare Company, Pit Theatre, 1989.

Mary Stuart, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC, 1989-90.

Hedda Gabler, Roundabout Theatre Company, Criterion Center Stage Right Theatre, New York City, 1994.

Director of Ashes, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Hello and Goodbye, and What the Butler Saw, all Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England; Blisters, The Estuary, First Blush, Gin Trap, and Last Resort, all Bush Theatre, London; Indigo and Lizzie, both Royal Shakespeare Company, London; Saint Joan, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC; and The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare Festival, Santa Cruz, CA.

Television Work; Specials:

Creator, "Shaping Up," BBC2 Playhouse, BBC, 1980.

Director, "A Silly Little Habit," BBC2 Playhouse, BBC, 1982.

Director, "Wayne and Albert," Play for Today, BBC1, 1983.

Television Director; Series:

The Bill, Thames, between 1990 and 1993.

Television Director; Episodic:

"A Man Lay Dead," Inspector Alleyn Mysteries (also known as Alleyn Mysteries, Inspector Alleyn, Mystery!, and Ngaio Marsh's "Alleyn Mysteries"), broadcast in United States on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1993.

"Burning Bridges," Doctor Finlay, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1994.

"Secrecy," Doctor Finlay, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1994.

"In Arcadia," Doctor Finlay, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1994.

"Shattered Silence," Profiler, NBC, 1996.

"Unsoiled Sovereignty," Profiler, NBC, 1997.

"Roman Catholic Holiday," Nothing Sacred, ABC, 1997.

"Do You See What I See?," ER, NBC, 1997.

"To Serve and Protect," Profiler, NBC, 1999.

"The Long Way Home," Profiler, NBC, 2000.

"The Face," Secret Agent Man, UPN, 2000.

"Drug Interactions," Strong Medicine, Lifetime, 2000.

"Surveillance," The District, CBS, 2000.

"Rory's Birthday Parties," Gilmore Girls (also known as Gilmore Girls: Beginnings), The WB, 2000.

"Out," Dark Angel (also known as James Cameron's "Dark Angel"), Fox, 2001.

"Tom Dooley," Ally McBeal, Fox, 2002.

"Just a Formality," Ed, NBC, 2003.

"The Shallow End," Dead like Me, Showtime, 2004.

"Always," Dead like Me, Showtime, 2004.

"Return of the Kane," Veronica Mrs. UPN, 2004.

"Save Me," Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 2005.

"The Sample Closet," Huff, Showtime, 2005.

"Versatile Toppings," Veronica Mars, UPN, 2006.

"Sweet Release," Huff, Showtime, 2006.

"So … What Brings You to Armageddon?," Huff, Showtime, 2006.

"Tapping the Squid," Huff, Showtime, 2006.

"Four Thanksgivings and a Funeral," Ugly Betty, ABC, 2006.

"Skobo and Alice Hooked Up," Big Day, ABC, 2006.

"What about Temptations …," What about Brian, ABC, 2007.

"The Writing on the Wall," Big Love, HBO, 2007.

Directed episodes of The Division, Lifetime, Leaving L.A., and Level 9, UPN.

Television Director; Other:

A Woman Calling, 1983.

Pity in History, BBC, 1985.

Prime Suspect 4: Inner Circles (movie), PBS, 1995.

Plastic Man (miniseries), M-Net, 1999.

Women's Murder Club (pilot), ABC, 2007.

Also director of Blisters, Gran, Stepping Out, Summers Awakening, and This Is History.

Film Director:

The Concord Peace Council (documentary), British Council, 1981.



Sarah Pia Anderson Official Site,, August 25, 2007.

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