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Michigan State University
Spartan Sagas
Sarah Tomek
Alumna, 2010
Manhattan, Kansas
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Sarah Tomek

The therapeutic side of theatre.

Alumna, 2010
Manhattan, Kansas


Most theatre majors dream of making it to Manhattan. MSU alumna Sarah Tomek has made it–except her stage is a prison in Manhattan, Kansas, where she teaches drama to inmates.

As part of MSU’s theatre program, Tomek discovered her passion for drama therapy while working with children who have moderate to severe cognitive impairments. She’s now pursuing a master’s degree in drama therapy at Kansas State University, while working in prison outreach.

For Tomek, a typical workday might include acting out scenes from Macbeth with an inmate who wows her with an accomplished performance. She teaches troupe members that theatre is not only about hard work and dedication, but also about digging deep and letting go. In turn, they teach her to rethink stereotypes of prisoners and about the joy that comes from putting something positive into the world.