Sarah Edkins spent her formative years in the United Kingdom. Before earning her B.A. degree in fine art at the Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall, she worked as a puppeteer. She moved to San Francisco in 1980 to start her career in set design, working as a mural and house painter as well as a scenic artist. After designing her first solo shows there, she then moved to New York to attend Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and obtained a M.F.A degree in Theater Arts. In 1991, she was awarded an NEA Designers Fellowship. Her design work has been created mainly for non-traditional theater spaces, such as The Ohio, The Kitchen, La Mama and Here, as well as several outdoor pieces. She mostly collaborates with experimental theater-makers, working with new material. She has also worked as an installation artist, event designer and a teaching artist at schools in New York City.