Sarah Dearing, Managing Director
Sarah Dearing was a California native, with family roots that moved her to Maine in the early 1990’s. Her passion for the entertainment industry began during childhood, starting with performing and moving into production roles by the end of high school. In her early twenties she made a choice to manage performances from behind the scenes rather than being on stage, and has been “behind the curtain” in New England for over twenty years.
In 1997, she was introduced to her first live comedy show, which lead to a fifteen-year adventure; managing and booking acts at the Comedy Connection, Maine’s only full time stand-up comedy club. In addition to that work, she became Production and Merchandising Manager of the quickly growing Bob Marley Comedy Tour.
In 2000, with the beginning of the infamous Bob Marley Holiday Shows at Merrill Auditorium, Sarah added stage design to her repertoire, bringing Bob and his team’s visions to life. As the show grew so did the sets, crews, and stage management. By 2003, the team had transitioned from releasing their self-produced CDs, to shooting hour-long comedy specials in small theaters and clubs along Bob’s tour. Over the years, Sarah assisted with management and production of several comedy DVDs, TV shows, and Webisodes; as well as a full coverage documentary on Bob Marley’s epic, 40-hour, Guinness Record Breaking set that raised $22,000 for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. She also worked with a team from Sony Pictures on the premiere of Boondock Saints II.
In 2012, Sarah launched a consulting business, Spotlight Solutions, Inc., where she continues to grow her corporate, non-profit entertainment planning and merchant services capabilities. Among them, she has been bringing comedian Juston McKinney to theaters across Maine and continues to manage a book of 150 corporate clients.
She is the perfect addition to the Vinegar Hill team in that she has broad experience in both front and back of the house roles. Her extensive operational experience, industry know-how and connections, and genuine love of theater and entertainment will enable Vinegar Hill to bring incredible acts to our stage, providing an unforgettable experience for guests.