Sarah Crisp was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, and trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. After graduating she worked with the award-winning NoFit State Circus before joining Welsh National Opera’s stage management team. She has been assistant director on Semele (British Youth Opera); The Magic Flute (Surrey Opera); The Vackees (One Small Step). Since 2005 she has been a staff director for WNO on a wide range of productions including The Queen of Spades, Hansel and Gretel, The Cunning Little Vixen, The Barber of Seville, Il trovatore and La traviata. In 2013 she assisted Giles Havergal for Opera North’s new production of Albert Herring including taking a revival of the production to the Birgitta Festival in Tallinn, Estonia, later in the year.