Sarah Yourgrau

Sarah Yourgrau

CEO & Founder, Common Ground Studios


Rethinking Storytelling for the 21st Century

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As a Social Anthropologist (M.A.), Emmy-winning social impact producer and founder of Common Ground Studios, storytelling isn’t just “what I do”, but the only way I know how to experience and interact with the world. Over the past 15 years, my work has taken me into the Central American jungle, Hollywood studio lots, indigenous reservations, suburban high-schools, Appalachian coal-mines, SNL writers rooms, Wyoming cowboy conventions, the floor of the United Nations and quinceañera’s in the Bronx. As a second-generation American, Jewish-Unitarian Universalist who attended Catholic high school (but prayed to the gods of theater!) I have seen intimately the power of “belief” to either co-create or co-destroy the constructions of possible realities. And those beliefs have all been fed through the consumption of and commitment to a story.