Glencoe resident Sarah Hall recently scored a role in the Dick Wolf television drama Chicago Justice on NBC. Hall plays the mother of a college student accused of murder, a storyline based on the Amanda Knox case.
“I was really grateful to have the chance to do this role,” Hall told DailyNorthShore.
The episode was shot in a home in Irving Park, as well as at the NBC studios in Chicago. Hall remarked how Wolf’s various television series located in Chicago, such as Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med, have created a wealth of opportunities for the local acting community.
Hall always had an interest in acting when she was growing up in Glencoe, but when she went to college at American University in Washington D.C. her intention at first was not to major in drama as a matter of practicality. But ultimately she decided to follow her passion, earning a B.A. in theatre and going on to earn an MFA at the University of South Carolina.
After graduate school Hall decided to “play with the big boys” and moved to L.A., where she felt lucky to work as a professional actress in well-known televisions shows such as Gilmore Girls, E.R. and Judging Amy.
Hall decided to return to Glencoe about 11 years ago to raise her family and has since then been able to marry her passion for acting with her interest in teaching.
She started Sarah Hall Theatre Company, where she teaches drama classes to children and teens at the Glencoe Park District, and most recently at the Deerfield Park District. Hall still finds time for her own acting career. Most of Hall’s acting roles are in television or advertising, mainly because the shorter time commitment works well with her theatre company. While she has done some live theatre in the past, at the moment, television seems to fit best with her schedule.
Hall believes that acting can serve as a tool to develop a sense of self and brings that philosophy to her company.
“I really focus on building self confidence and self esteem both on-stage and more importantly off-stage,” Hall said.
In particular, Hall enjoys working with children who are reluctant drama students. Maybe they fear performing on stage or talking in front of others. But in Hall’s programs kids don’t need to be a star. Instead, she aims to foster self-confidence and self-actualization in her students.
“I try to meet the child where they are,” she explained.
Her programs encourages teamwork and an ensemble effort, to help children get over those fears for their entire life. “I really feel the gift for young people is it can make a difference in developing their self worth into adulthood,” Hall said.
For more information about the Sarah Hall Theatre Company go to www.sarahhalltheatre.com.