For 30 years Sandra has taught, Acting, Voice, Movement, Improvisation, Imagination and Spontaneity, Shakespeare, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Arts Management and Directing at universities and conservatories across the country.  She has served on the faculty of The University of Utah - Professional Actor Training Program, Portland Actors Conservatory, Clackamas College, The University of Iowa, The New Heritage Studio, The National Shakespeare Conservatory, Boise State University, and Portland State University, among others.  


She has served as an administrator, developed and written curriculum, and coached teachers on the art of teaching. Sandra has been a guest lecturer at more than 100 schools,

universities, workshops, conventions, and festivals across the country

In addition Sandra has worked extensively with at-risk youth and children with

cognitive and emotional disabilities in numerous residencies.  Sandra's methods and unique teaching style, have achieved remarkable results with students' writing, speaking and performing in grade schools, jr. highs and high schools in 

Idaho, Oregon, Iowa, Utah, California, Washington, Nevada, and New York.

Sandra has worked with social service agencies, education departments, private corporations and universities across the country to develop award winning interactive training programs for at-risk youth, first responders, and students with disabilities.


Sandra currently teaches acting, playwriting and screenwriting

to private students and coaching clients as well as holding

creative arts residencies with children with special needs.

master acting teacheR


AWARD WINNING WRITING TEACHER​​


creativity specialist


"Sandra Cavanaugh believes whole-heartedly in the potential of her students, and in doing so, she is able to inspire the hard work and confidence necessary for success. ."                                                                                                             Matt Russell 

Actor, Director, Playwright,

AD Fierce Light Theatre Portland, OR

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             CREATIVITY SPECIALIST​              SPEAKER • COACH • CONSULTANT

 WRITER • director • EDUCATOR