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Sarah Wayne Callies ‘99 on Colony

Sarah Wayne Callies.jpgThe College’s graduates venture off into the world and succeed in every area of endeavor, including, amazingly, show business, a goal which has always struck me to be like trying to make it as a pro athlete. Many are called but few are chosen.

One of the chosen people is Sarah Wayne Callies ‘99, who joins the ranks of Mindy Kaling ‘01 (whom the Dartmouth Name Directory has listed as Vera Chokalingam ‘01), Shonda Rhimes ‘91 and other alums who have become familiar faces on film and TV.

At the College Sarah starred in Romeo and Juliet during her freshman year, and she went on to appear in other plays over her four years in Hanover including Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia and a Frost Competition play, The Magician’s Girl. She commented on her time in Hanover as follows:

I spent a good deal of time in the theatre, walking around Occom Pond, at Amarna, in the jewelry studio and wood shop, in Collis, working with exhilaration in and for my classes, and watching the creative and intellectual work of my peers. I was taught by virtuoso professors, and I remember specifically Priscilla Sears and Framji Minwalla inculcating me with ideas that shape my work and identity to this day.

In addition, Sarah had a senior fellowship and wrote a thesis entitled: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Gender in Marriage Rituals as Performance. After graduation, she studied for a Masters of Fine Arts at the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver. IMDB describes her TV and film bio:

Her breakout role was in the hit AMC series The Walking Dead (2010) as “Lori Grimes”. Prior to The Walking Dead (2010), Sarah was a series regular on the FOX TV series Prison Break (2005), playing the role of Dr. Sara Tancredi. Additional television credits include the role of “Officer Jane Porter” on the WB’s Tarzan (2003) as well as a recurring role on CBS’ Queens Supreme (2003) with Oliver Platt. Callies has also appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), and Dragnet (2003). She has also starred in three feature films, Bittersweet (2008), Stewart Hendler’s Whisper (2007) for Universal Pictures and Barnet Bain’s independent, The Celestine Prophecy (2006).

IMDB’s decription is incompete. Sarah has also appreared in the films Black Gold (2011), Faces in the Crowd (2011), Into the Storm (2014), and Pay the Ghost (2015) with Nicholas Cage.

Her latest role is in the TV series Colony as Katie Bowman.

Sarah has written a screenplay, an adaptation of Campbell Geeslin’s children’s book Elena’s Serenade, that was optioned in 2010 by Fulldawa Film, a French production company.

The liberal arts at its best.

Addendum: Sarah is married to Josh Winterhalt ‘99. They have one child, a girl, Keala Winterhalt.


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