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Sarah Cissna

Adjunct Faculty

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  • 703-993-8791 (office)
  • Arlington: Vernon Smith Hall, 5052
    4400 University Drive, MS 1C8
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Sarah has been directing events and productions for over 15 years. Prior to transitioning into special events, Sarah spent ten years as a theatrical director and producer, working at regional theatres across the country.

In 2007, Sarah combined her artistic and production backgrounds and transitioned into the field of special events. She served as the Director of Special Events at Arena Stage and later as the Special Events Manager at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company before joining corporate PR firm Curley Company as the Director of Special Events.

In July 2013, she launched The Side Lobby LLC, a consulting firm that helps organizations help the world, one event at a time. Working with a variety of mission-driven organizations, The Side Lobby helps teams that are especially challenged by budget and staff size.

In addition to her work in special events, Sarah is an active member of the International Special Events Society, and attained the Certified Special Events Professional designation 2012. A native of the Washington area, Sarah grew up in Fairfax City and has been a Capitol Hill resident since 2002.


MFA, Catholic University of America; BA, The College of William and Mary; Certificate – Events Management, George Washington University, Drama, Catholic University (2004)

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Faculty Rank: Associate Professor

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