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SARAH MEGAN THOMAS has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry as one of the brightest and most determined in all fields. As an actress, producer, and writer, she has a mission to tell stories about strong and complex women. Her talents touch all aspects of the projects she undertakes.
Her latest venture is the groundbreaking film EQUITY, in which she developed the story, produced, and starred opposite Anna Gunn. EQUITY is a first of its kind; a female driven Wall Street thriller. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, was immediately sold to Sony Pictures Classics, and will be released theatrically on July 29th. The Hollywood Reporter reviewed Sarah’s performance as “subtle, but gutsy,” reflecting everything that women on Wall Street work towards on a daily basis.
Sarah also starred opposite James Van Der Beek in the film BACKWARDS, a drama about romance in the competitive world of professional rowing. She wrote and produced BACKWARDS. Sarah has been interviewed on many talk shows including The Today Show.
A graduate of Williams College, Sarah trained at both RADA and Drama Studio London. On stage, Sarah has starred in various off-Broadway productions including the whimsical gender-bending Love’s Labour’s Lost, and the New York premiere production of Summit Conference. Summit Conference was extended twice due to popular demand.
Sarah is an advocate for charitable causes, most notably Minding Your Mind, a charity that educates children in school about mental health problems to relieve the stigma. She’s an accomplished athlete in her personal life, enjoying nearly all sports from basketball to pilates, and she has even climbed to the top of Mt. Rainer in Washington.
Sarah currently resides in downtown New York City with her husband and her son.
The real-life drama will center on Vera Atkins, the British intelligence officer who recruited for Winston Churchill and oversaw the secret agents who parachuted into France to sabotage the Nazis. The story of Vera Atkins is headed to the screen. The spy recruiter is at the heart of a new female-driven World War II spy [...]
LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE In the wake of the presidential election, the conversation about the representation of women in film and TV has become much more urgent for women in the industry. Film writer, producer and actor Sarah Megan Thomas had hoped to see Hillary Clinton in the White House, but she isn’t wallowing in [...]
Set in the world of cutthroat investment banking, the drama written by ‘The Strain’ producer Regina Corrado centers on a Wall Street banker, played by Anna Gunn in the film. ABC is planning to tackle Wall Street. The network is adapting the 2016 financial thriller Equity starring Anna Gunn into a television series. ABC has [...]
More on TheCoveteur.com If we were ones for assigning superlatives to the people we cover, producer, actress, and writer Sarah Megan Thomas would most definitely be in the running for “Most Badass.” Having written, produced, and starred in Backwards, a film about “the competitive world of professional [female] rowing” (see: badass), she most recently produced [...]
“I like money,” says Naomi Bishop in an early scene in “Equity.” In 21st-century America — especially in the finance industry, where Naomi works — that hardly counts as a radical statement. But Naomi, speaking to a group of professional women, is making a point less about her own feelings than about the gender stereotypes [...]
When Sarah Megan Thomas set out to make the next great Wall Street movie, she had a couple objectives in mind: feature strong women and do something that’s never been done before. Thomas loved films about Wall Street but felt that lately they’d all centered around the financial crisis and vilified bankers. She wanted to [...]
TIME.com – The film is fascinating as one view of what it’s like to be a woman working in what is still, in so many ways, a man’s world You don’t need to be a woman working in finance to get a shivery thrill—and possibly a few chills—from watching Equity, a modestly scaled but perceptive [...]
Last night, a Cinema Society screening of Equity, sponsored by Bloomberg and Thomas Pink, brought a crowd of actresses, socials, and—a rare sight for a film screening—bankers to the Museum of Modern Art. A thrilling drama about the women of Wall Street, Equity is making waves not only for its performances from Alysia Reiner and [...]
Sarah’s film, EQUITY, premiered in Dramatic Competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where it sold to SONY PICTURES CLASSICS. The film will be released in theaters July 29, 2016
NEW YORK TIMES
Bracing, witty, suspenseful. One of the most wrenching scenes involves the childless Naomi’s figuring out that her protégée, Erin (Sarah Megan Thomas), is pregnant. The look on the younger woman’s face (Ms. Thomas) — pure panic eating away at the obligatory mask of joy — haunts the rest of the movie.
-A.O. Scott Critic's pick
Imagine you’re watching Wall Street, but Michael Douglas is a badass Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) grooming a female Martin Sheen (Sarah Megan Thomas). What’s most remarkable about Equity is that it’s a high-stakes thriller so good that the actors’ genders matter not at all.
Anna Gunn and Sarah Megan Thomas play hard-hitting professionals who aren’t afraid to admit that they like money (and they look great getting it).
“All the performances [in EQUITY] are top notch”
“The leads [in EQUITY], especially the women (Anna Gunn, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner), offer subtle but gutsy work.”
“Bentonville was abuzz with a parade of A-list celebrities who flocked to the fest to inspire, educate and promote diversity and gender equality in film and TV. Industry-led panels….featuring Rosie O’Donnell, producer Kristin Hahn of Echo Films, Melissa Joan Hart and Sarah Megan Thomas.”
“lead gal Thomas as the magnetic Abigail. Everything about her screams authentic – from her on screen sports spirit to her awkwardness in matters of love. It’s a rare enigmatic performance.”
“The Following” star James Purefoy has joined Anna Gunn in “EQUITY,” Broad Street Pictures’ Wall Street Drama. “BACKWARDS” star Sarah Megan Thomas will play a VP at the bank.
Daily Mail UK
“James Van Der Beek had a new leading lady tonight as he premiered his latest film, Backwards. The 35-year-old looked dapper on the red carpet next to co-star Sarah Megan Thomas on Tuesday night in New York.”
“Sarah Megan Thomas is quite a great actress, and should do more work in mainstream cinema. I could see her being the Sarah Jessica Parker of her generation if placed into the right film projects. She’s got that spunk, wit, and intellect, plus she’s got an ease about her that is both relate-able and comforting.”
-The Awards Circuit
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Once you hear Berowne(a)’s (Sarah Megan Thomas’) immortal cry of longing ‘Oh my little heart!’ spoken by a woman, you may wonder why Shakespeare didn’t think of that. This elegant adaptation reveals wit and precision in every line, costume, glance, gesture, and prop. The tickling emotional perplexity of the people onstage always seems about to leap out and seize the whole crowd. It’s fun to watch. Gender reversed production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost”
-THE NEW YORK TIMES
TIME OUT NEW YORK
“Thanks to Thomas’ and Pietropinto’s vivid performances. Suffice it to say, Summit Conference’s mistresses shouldn’t be missed.”
-TIME OUT NEW YORK
FILM REVIEWS – “THE LITTLE THINGS” (Film voted “BEST OF THE FESTIVAL”)
When Thomas smiles, she lights up the screen. Her quiet magic gives the film a warm glow.
The naturalistic performances of the two leads (Thomas and Scheinman) are incredibly winning, and viewers will be rooting for these two to get together.
Eva’s (Thomas’) fidgety, nervousness reveals a personality that makes it easy to believe that she attempted suicide three times. The show’s brief run has just been extended for a week, to March 6th. Rightly so. It’s one of the more provocative and stimulating dramas to be found on or off Broadway.
“Both actors (Sarah Megan Thomas and Reese Madigan) are pitch-perfect, uncovering the ugliness and unhappiness within the couple’s lives while also displaying their desperate desire to hang on to the love they once felt and maybe even continue to feel for one another.”