Sarah Carlson, Executive Director
Sarah Carlson is the executive director of the Historic Homestake Opera House. Sarah is an imaginative and proud South Dakota farm kid at heart. She moved to Lead, SD in 2008 from Sioux Falls, SD where she used her design talents as a custom publishing creative director and as a volunteer for downtown revitalization. She used her voice talents as a singer for the 40-member choir at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls and as an on-air and live event promotions emcee for nearly 10 years.
Passionate about imagery and interpretation her whole life, she joined up with TDG Communications in Deadwood, SD as an associate creative director for the advertising agency who assist several clients in tourism and nonprofits.
Sarah dove into the executive director position at the Historic Homestake Opera House in 2011. She helped to assist in the funding and planning of several restoration projects, including the design of a large in-house interpretive exhibit for the century-old theater. In three years, the organization doubled the number of performing arts and educational events and tours. Sarah encourages people to get involved with their community - especially through theatre - and is grateful to live in a town that is truly Miles Beyond Ordinary.
Sarah is the 2017 Lead Historic Preservation president, 2017 Lead Area Chamber of Commerce president, and a 2017 board member of Black Hills and Badlands Tourism.
Shanon Morrison, Office Manager/Bookkeeper