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Sequestered Soliloquies II: Spring Cleaning

Due to the success of the first round of Sequestered Soliloquies, LineStorm Playwrights and Bag&Baggage Productions teamed up again for another virtual 24 hour monologue festival! You can watch Sequestered Soliloquies II: Spring Cleaning, including my monologue Is –> Was, below.


The Storyteller wins the International Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Competition!

PlayMakers Repertory Company, along with The Thomas Wolfe Society and The Thomas Wolfe Memorial, selectedThe Storyteller as the winner of the first International Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Competition.


Sequestered Soliloquies

LineStorm Playwrights teamed up with Bag&Baggage Productions to create a piece of virtual theatre. Over the course of 24 hours, 9 teams (playwright, actor, and director) will create, rehearse, and perform brand-new monologues . My monologue, Greatness, was included in the bunch. You can watch Sequestered Soliloquies here:


BREAK has been selected for the 2020 Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference

BREAK will be one of the plays featured in the 28th annual Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference Play Lab in Valdez, Alaska.


A Banquet at Shaking the Tree Theatre

I am very excited to be collaborating with visionary director Samantha Van Der Merwe on her upcoming theatrical exhibition, A Banquet, at the award winning Shaking the Tree Theatre in Portland, OR. Opening fall 2020.


Staged reading of And Everything Nice at Chapel Theatre Collective

And Everything Nice was presented as a staged reading at Chapel Theatre Collective (Milwaukie, OR) as part of LineStorm Playwrights’ reading series in the Fertile Ground Festival of new Work. Directed by Tamara Carroll. February 2020.

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LineStorm’s reading series is a top pick for the 2020 Fertile Ground Festival of New Work

The Willamette Week and Oregon Arts Watch both named LineStorm’s new play reading series, including my play And Everything Nice, a top pick for the Fertile Ground Festival.


The Delays makes the list of Portland’s top 10 plays of 2019!

The Willamette Week chose The Delays as one of the top 10 plays of 2019.

Set in a single airport on three separate New Year’s Eves, Sara Jean Accuardi’s masterpiece journeys backward through time and deep into the souls of its flawed and beautiful characters.


The Storyteller at Spooky Action Theater in Washington, D.C.

There will be a public reading of The Storyteller on October 27 as part of Spooky Action Theater’s New Works in Action staged reading series.


The Delays wins the Drammy for Outstanding Original Script!

The Delays won the award for Outstanding Original Script at the Drammy Awards in Portland, OR on July 1, 2019.


The Delays is Nominated for Two Drammy Awards

The Delays has been nominated for two Drammy Awards:

  • Outstanding Original Script
  • Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role for London Bauman

O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist

The Storyteller was a finalist for the for the 2019 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.


The Storyteller at Something Marvelous

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The Storyteller was selected for a workshop with Something Marvelous in Chicago, IL. April 2019.


Interview with Pixel Strike Creative

I was delighted to chat about playwriting with Pixel Strike Creative, my dear friend (and certified creative goddess) Juliette Oliva’s company.


A Science Thing Selected for the 2019 Majestic Eight 10-Minute Play Festival

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A Science Thing was one of eight 10-minute plays chosen for the upcoming Majestic Eight 10-Minute Play Festival in Corvallis, OR. April 2019.


A Short in the Wire 

I was invited by Playwrights West to be a guest writer for year 7 of their ongoing Teen West Project. This year’s show, A Short in the Wire, is an immersive theatre piece that features 11 short site-specific plays set throughout Wilson High School in Portland, OR. My play, Tri-Fold, was one of the 11. (February 2019)


World Premiere of The Delays at Theatre Vertigo in Portland, OR

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The world premiere production of The Delays, directed by Tamara Carroll at Theatre Vertigo in Portland, OR. (January 2019)

Photo Credit: Sleeper Studios

Press for The Delays:

The Willamette Week Fertile Ground’s Highlights

“Accuardi’s play is both new and a masterpiece… It takes regret and satisfaction, pain and joy, and fuses them together to create a tapestry of spectacularly honest stories and characterizations.” – Bennett Campbell Ferguson

Broadway World Life’s Layovers Become Permanent in THE DELAYS, at Theatre Vertigo

“It’s a moving, well-crafted play that shows how easy it is to get trapped… I enjoyed THE DELAYS immensely. Accuardi’s writing is sharp, and I love her decision to reveal the characters’ lives in reverse. Somehow, knowing the end makes the journey even more poignant.” – Krista Garver

The Oregonian 7 Portland Theater Shows That’ll Keep Off the Chill This Winter

The Willamette Week Productions We’re Most Excited About Through March 2019

Broadway World 10 Things to See at Fertile Ground 2019


Staged Reading of BREAK at Artists Repertory Theatre

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BREAK was presented as a staged reading at Artists Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR) as part of LineStorm Playwrights’ bi-monthly reading series. Directed by Matt Pavik. July 2018.


Staged Reading of < 3 at Theatre Vertigo

Theatre Vertigo in Portland, OR staged a reading of < 3 in June 2018 as part of their Season 20 Reading Series. Directed by Emilie Landmann.


Staged Reading of The Storyteller at Artists Repertory Theatre

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The Storyteller was presented as a staged reading at Artists Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR) as part of their Lunchtime Reading Series for the Fertile Ground Festival of New Work. January 2018.


Cold Call at FronteraFest!

Cold Call was featured at FronteraFest Short Fringe 2018 at Hyde Park Theatre in Austin, TX.


Portland in Play: Decades at Artists Repertory Theatre

Rough Edge was featured in LineStorm Playwrights’ Portland in Play: Decades at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, OR. October 2017.

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Nicole Accuardi in Rough Edge 


Portrait of the Widow Kinski at The Blank Theatre 

Portrait of the Widow Kinski was selected for The Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series in Los Angeles, CA. May 2017

Joanna Miles, Jon Prescott, Frank Collison, and Tinks Lovelace

Directed by Samantha Shada


Theatre Vertigo’s 2018-19 Featured Playwright

I have been commissioned to write a new play for Theatre Vertigo’s 2018-2019 season.


Love Scenes in Theatre Vertigo’s reading series

Theatre Vertigo (Portland, OR) produced a reading of Love Scenes January 2017.

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LineStorm Playwrights presents Short and Sweet at Hipbone Studios

Off Duty was featured in LineStorm Playwrights’ evening of 10-minute plays for the Fertile Ground Festival of New Works in Portland, OR January 2017.

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Lawrence Suilagi in Off Duty

LineStorm Playwrights presents Portland in Play at Artists Repertory Theatre

A Science Thing is featured in Portland in Play, LineStorm Playwrights‘ flagship production at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, OR October 2016.

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Willamette Week write-up


No Man’s Land 

Co-writer for Brenan Dwyer’s four-part serialized play about an all-girls Catholic high school. Action/Adventure Theatre in Portland, OR March 2016.

Portland Mercury Review


Portrait of the Widow Kinski at The Reading Parlor

Portrait of the Widow Kinski was chosen for a reading at The Reading Parlor in Portland, OR in January 2016.

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Clara Hillier, Tom Mounsey, Patricia A. Hunter and Dave Bodin reading Portrait of the Widow Kinski 

Script Tease

Collaborator/script curator for Script Tease at the Brody Theater, which enjoyed its third successful run in January 2016.

Brody Theater out the prove improv isn’t just for comedy with ambitious new show, ‘Script Tease’

Script Tease: acting without the net

Improv and scripted theater collide: ‘Script Tease’ returns to the Brody


< 3 at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference 

Seven Devils Playwrights Conference Announces 2015 Writers; Runs 6/8-20

2015 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference


That Water Moment at JAW Playwrights Festival

A 10-minute play commissioned by Portland Center Stage for the 2012 JAW Playwrights Festival kick-off event.

Kerry Ryan and Isaac Lamb in THAT WATER MOMENT

Kerry Ryan and Isaac Lamb in That Water Moment

JAW 2012 wrap-up in the Oregonian

“Most touching was Sara Jean Accuardi’s “That Water Moment,” which hinged on the balance of frustration and faith in the lives of young parents (played by Kerry Ryan and Isaac Lamb) struggling with the care of a developmentally disabled child.” –  Marty Hughley, The Oregonian

Portland Center Stage re-sets JAW, puts playwrights festival back on Gerding mainstage


Love Scenes

Fertile Ground Festival: Promising Productions


Portrait of the Widow Kinski at JAW Playwrights Festival

Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival gives playwrights– including Sara Jean Accuardi– an Act 1

Interview on KBOO

July Brings a Wealth of Wide-Eyed Obsessives to Portland Center Stage’s JAW 2010

JAW announces 2010 line-up