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Sandy Rustin's Bio


Brickell, THE LOCH NESS, a new musical in collaboration with Marshall Pailet and AD Penado, THE SUFFRAGETTE’S MURDER, a new play premiering at The Denver Center for Performing Arts in January 2025, and ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE … a new original juke box musical for Primary Wave Music In partnership with Disney, Sandy created a musical review: JOLLY HOLIDAY with DISNEY ON BROADWAY, which premiered at Paper Mill Playhouse, the new YA musical: IN THIS TOGETHER for their Junior division, and A STORY FOR BELLE for their cruise lines. For Mattel, Sandy created and wrote the book & lyrics for the national tour of American Girl Live

For NY’s City Center’s Encores!, Sandy adapted Jerry Herman’s DEAR WORLD, a NY Times Critic's Pick, directed by Josh Rhodes and starring Donna Murphy, and with collaborator Sarah Saltzberg, gave a “thorough feminist scouring” (NY Times) to Rogers & Hart’s I MARRIED AN ANGEL, directed by Joshua Bergasse

Sandy’s play, EVERYTHING SEEMS LIKE MAYBE, is published and licensed by Playscripts and her sketch comedy musical, Rated P … FOR PARENTHOOD, (“Wistfully Funny!” – The NY Times) opened Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre, was optioned for TV development with ABC Studios, and is available for licensing through Broadway Licensing. Sandy’s play, STRUCK (“A Charming Comedy!” – The NY Times) enjoyed two critically acclaimed productions at NJ REP and Theatre Raleigh. Her comedy, ELIJAH, was named amongst the Jewish Plays Project “Top Plays of 2020” and selected as a semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Festival.

Sandy was the voice director of the YA Panoply Podcast, Jessica Majors from the Peabody Award Winning Gen-Z Team and wrote a kids’ scripted podcast for Gen-Z called, The Magic Sash, hosted by Olympic gold medalist, Aly Raisman.

After being named to Florida Studio Theatre's Playwright Collective in 2020, Sandy developed a masterclass: Writing Comedy for the Stage, which she teaches to a wide range of students all over the globe (thank you Zoom).


As an actress, Sandy regularly appeared at New York’s The Upright Citizen’s Brigade in “Gravid Water” (named “Best Improv Show” by Time Out NY) for 15 years. She has worked with Loopers Unlimited as a voiceover actress on hundreds of TV shows and films and is an award-winning audiobook narrator. Favorite NY acting credits include Found (Atlantic Theatre Company), Modern Orthodox (New World Stages), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Westside Theatre), Jolson & Company (Century Center), Sarah, Plain and Tall (Lucille Lortel), and Neil Simon’s Hotel Suite (Roundabout). TV credits include “Inside Amy Schumer,” “The Scariest Show on TV” (Comedy Central), “Law and Order; SVU,” “As the World Turns,” “All My Children” and “Guiding Light.” Sandy was co-founding artistic director of Midtown Direct Rep.

With her family, Sandy created the Jerry Kraut Memorial Fund, which supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Chicago. She also serves on the advisory board for Camp Kesem, a national movement dedicated to helping children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Northwestern University graduate. Sandy is a member of ASCAP, SAG, AEA, and the Dramatists Guild and is represented by A3 Artists Agency and The Cartel

March 14, 2024
  Sandy Rustin
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