Sara Routh ’99

Sara Routh ’99 lives a minstrel’s dream, performing all over the globe for all kinds of audiences.

But it didn’t start out that way.

Routh grew up in Norwalk, about 20 miles from Indianola, and is the daughter of Katie Lear Routh ’73. A music major at Simpson, Sara immersed herself in that department, participating in eight operas.

Her first trip overseas came during her senior year when she joined associate professor of English David Wolf ’s May Term to study theatre in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

She discovered more than the culture of other countries. She discovered a passion to see the world.

“The main reason I took it was I was so busy with music I didn’t have any time to take theatre classes electively,” she said. “I had this opportunity, so I was going to take it, and it was fantastic. It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship between myself and traveling.”

What had changed?

“When I travel, it’s about the moment,” Routh said. “I’m not looking for a lesson to learn, I’m living in that experience. That was the first time I was able to do something like that. I was ready to let the world affect me, as opposed to wanting to go in and change  everything. I was ready to let it influence me.”

Routh now jokingly describes herself as a gypsy. Her travels have taken her to Europe, India and China, discovering new places and people and performing her music.

She currently lives in Los Angeles, working on her self produced album through the online service Kickstarter and building her website, sararouthmusic.com. (Her brother, Brandon, is an actor, best known for the starring role in “Superman Returns.”)

Even at home, she can’t stay still for long.

“I don’t sit at home at night or during the day and watch TV,” Routh said. “I can’t really be in my apartment very long. I get stir crazy, so I like to walk around and be a part of what’s happening outside the windows.”

And she said her travel days are far from over.

“I think more people should do things like that because it just opens your eyes to so much more than what you see or watch on the TV or read in the newspaper,” she said. “I’m happy to have had that journey. I feel enriched to have been able to see all these different cultures. I’m not done yet either, so I don’t know where I’ll end up next.”

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