Sara Livingston - Columbia College Chicago

Sara Livingston

Associate Professor Emerita


Sara Livingston is the director of the Learning Community, the Television Department’s first year program. Her specialty is writing and she teaches Aesthetics and Storytelling, Script Analysis, TV ARTS: Writing and Writing for Television.

Her television career began as a media activist at The Center For New Television. She was a writer/producer at Communications for Change, The Chicago Video Project, and Chicago Access where she created numerous social documentaries. Her commercial TV work includes writing/producing for two children’s series, Life Design and Elliot and Friends and freelance work with MTV, WTTW, and Cablevision. She was also video director for the celebrated multi-media dance work, Turn Her White With Stones, which has been performed nationally and internationally.

Sara is an award-winning teacher who received the title, Distinguished Teacher, 2007-2009. She was the recipient of the 2000 Teaching Excellence Award, and was an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Faculty Fellow in 2006. She has received the Warrior Woman Award, The Chicago Artist Abroad Grant, the Chicago Women’s Foundation Production Grant and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Grant. Sara is also a guest blogger for the Idea Hive in San Francisco and is currently writing for Open Court’s Philosophy and Popular Culture series. Her chapters appear in Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy, Anime and Philosophy, and Manga and Philosophy.


B.A., Communication and Theatre University of Illinois Chicago 1983
M.A., Mass Communications University of Illinois Chicago 1989