Sarah Fulton Group's history.

In 1984 American Academy of Dramatic Arts classmates, Nick Casavettes, Robert Craighead, Claudio Martinez, Keith Giaimo, and Tim Byron Owen would visit the Casavettes home to watch John Casavettes, Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, and Ben Gazzara, perform improv scenes in their living room. The following year a feature film would be produced based on the improvisation.


1985, Tuesday nights were selected to meet and read scripts and do scene work to develop the ensemble of young artists. This was done in a house located at the corner of Fulton Ave and Sarah St, Sherman Oaks, Ca., hence the name The Sarah Fulton Group. This continued on and off for several years.


Director Phil Boroff, American Academy of Dramatic Arts acting teacher, came in 1990 and held classes on Tuesday nights at the house on Fulton and Sarah, working with the ensemble. With the departure of Phil Boroff in late August, Tim Byron Owen along with members Christina Miles, Donnie Blankenship, Kelly Marchant, Claudio Martinez, Zale Morris founded The Sarah Fulton Group as the class structure evolved into a workshop and producing entity in collaboration with directors, writers, producers and artists of theater, film and television.

Having out grown the living room in 1993, the group converted the garage at Fulton and Sarah into a black box studio workspace, with baffled walls and studio lighting.


By 1994, The Sarah Fulton Group received non-profit status as an official 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.


Sarah Fulton Group began an outreach program in 1995 with the California School of Design in Pasadena, doing films and participating in film directing classes with Ted Post, and department head Francine Parker.


Other outreach programs included:


Working with the Los Angeles school system for theatre appreciation as co-producers of a Christmas play with Mark Ellis' 3rd grade students at Granada Hills Elementary School.


For fifteen years Sarah Fulton Group members spent Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter holidays serving and entertaining at the Anne Douglas Center in downtown Los Angeles.


For many years Sarah Fulton Group performed at the "Dream Halloween" event, sponsored by Children Affected by Aids Foundation.


Professionally, members of the Sarah Fulton Group helped build and maintain THE VENUE, a theatre envisioned by Clarke Branson and Paula Randall Smith.


Members of the Sarah Fulton Group improvised, wrote and performed professionally in a national ad campaign for the game UNO by Mattel Toys, Inc..


The Sarah Fulton Group received an Emmy Award for their participation in a Public Service Announcement for The American Heart Association entitled Where's Jo, with writer/director Lane Shefter in 1997.


On Thursday nights, beginning in 1994, The Sarah Fulton Group offered scene study/cold reading classes lead by Al Guarino through 1996, and followed by Barry Lynch in 1996 through 1999.


" 2 Bucks a Show", in 1998, at the Gardner Stage, an evening of 5 one acts, produced and performed by Sarah Fulton Group, directed by Reid Freeman.


Also in 1998, the Sarah Fulton Group helped the Celtic Arts Center produce Gardner McKay's "Sea Marks" at the Raven Playhouse.


In 2000, The Sarah Fulton Group acquired the rights, co-produced with the Celtic Arts Center, and performed in Terrence McNally's "Bad Habits", with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Anne Douglas Center at the Los Angeles Mission.


2001, Owen co-directed a short film for The Sarah Fulton Group along with BAFTA member Angela Lubbock, "A Far Cry From A Distant Land."


Also in 2001, The Sarah Fulton Group launched the hit co-production, "A Night In November" by Marie Jones, starring Marty Maguire. The play debuted at the Celtic Arts Center, then went to Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre. On Jones insistence, the Tricycle Theater in London brought SFG's production over to sold out performances. Owen and Maguire then went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2002, taking the Spirit of the Fringe Award for Best Production, and the Tapwater Award for Best Actor. They returned to London's Tricycle Theater, and in 2003 went on to Dublin's Gaiety, Liberty Hall Theaters. A return Los Angeles engagement in 2005 at the Celtic Arts Center garnered two Ovation Nominations, Best Production and Best Actor, lead to Irish Arts Center in New York and Jimmy Tingle's Off-Broadway Theatre in Boston in 2006.


In 2003, The Sarah Fulton Group co-produced with Playhouse West, Stephen Metcalfe's "Sorrow & Sons" and "Spittin' Image."


2004 saw major change for The Sarah Fulton Group when they lost their space, and are grateful to now be sponsored by On Your Mark Studios/Chelsea in West Hollywood, moving to its current location in Sherman Oaks.


In August of 2004, The Sarah Fulton Group proudly produced another hit play and West Coast Premiere, "Fighting Words", by Sunil Kuruvilla, for an extended nine week run at the Celtic Arts Center of Los Angeles. A return engagement to the Celtic Arts Center, April 2006, preceded the production's European premiere at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, for the Cardiff Passion Festival in July, 2006.


2007, a co-production of The Sarah Fulton Group and An Claidheamh Soluis / The Celtic Arts Center, "Love Me Deadly", an award-winning, chilling mystery written by Matthew Sklar. This thriller of a play was performed in the manner of a live, old-style 1950s radio drama under the direction of The Sarah Fulton Group Artistic Director and founder Tim Byron Owen.


A full equity production of Ray Bradbury's "Falling Upward", at the El Portal Theatre, was produced by Ray Bradbury with The Sarah Fulton Group garnering rave reviews, LA Times Critics Choice and LA Weekly Critics Pick in 2009.


In 2010, The Sarah Fulton Group produced the short thriller "Happy Anniversary", through the LAVC Film School.


2011, The Sarah Fulton Group "The Phone Call", starring SFG veteran member Creed Bratton.


September 2011, Theatre 40 in association with The Sarah Fulton Group produced "Jimmy and Sam", starring Pat Harrington and Howard Storm.