In addition, she enjoyed success with her rock band, “I like orange” where she was the co-songwriter, lead singer, and manager and on cruise ship stages as a headliner and featured singer.
Throughout her stage career, she felt something was lacking and soon fell into theatrical production. With her first NYC theatre company, “Cocktail 6” she found inspiration in creating and fostering new works and artists. She then joined NYC’s MTWorks’ staff. After wearing many executive hats within the company, including fundraising, marketing, development, directing, and executive producing, she learned the ins and outs of producing intimate and commercial theatre.
10 years and 40 productions later, Sarah decided to make a change and move to Los Angeles. She had always wanted to learn more about the TV/Film world. Upon arrival, she was immediately cast in the award winning webseries “2 Hopeful Spinsters” which just so happened to be produced by her 6 With Heels co-producer and long time friend, Heather Olt. She became intrigued by this “do it yourself,” “make it happen” approach to production.
Over the next year or so, Sarah starred in many theatrical productions, short films, webseries and the feature, “Reset.” She fell in love with films and the behind the scenes aspect. With her theatrical production background, she felt confident that her skills could translate well into the film/tv production world. She was right. Currently she is writing and performing with the sketch comedy group, The Ladies Room, is producing and directing infomercials, and is currently co-writing a feature with her 6WH collaborator, Heather Olt. She is passionate about creating and championing content that evokes thought, inspires change, and that nurtures talented minds and artists.
Sarah Chaney grew up in a tiny town in Ohio and began acting alongside her father at the age of 5. She fell in love with all things artistic and decided to make it her life’s work. After studying theatre and political science at Miami University (Oxford, OH), Sarah moved to New York City. There, she continued her education at a 2 year Meisner Program (Maggie Flanigan Studios) and began to sink her teeth into a professional acting career.
She landed the role of Fantine in the National Tour of Les Miserables right off the bat and earned her Actor’s Equity Card. Soon thereafter, she continued to appear frequently on the professional NYC & Regional stage. Some highlights include the world premiere of The Oath, The Family Shakespeare, and Costa Rehab.
Heather Olt has over twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry. She’s worked on ALL sides of the business: acting, casting, producing, writing & directing, giving her a very unique perspective. As a musical theatre major at Illinois Wesleyan University, she made her producing & directorial debut her senior year when she co-produced and co-directed an evening of one acts with a friend and classmate. From that point on, she was hooked and knew that working on multiple sides of “the business” was a must for her.
After a successful stage career in NYC, Heather moved to LA in 2006 to explore the world of tv and film. She immediately began interning at a top casting office, helping her to learn and understand the “behind the scenes” of the tv/film world. After only a few months in LA, she collaborated with four fellow acting classmates to produce a web series, "The Auditions" which took place in casting office waiting rooms. At the time, they were told, “web series” will never be a “thing”…cut to NOW. However, working on "The Auditions" was an invaluable experience. They wrote the episodes in a matter of weeks and shot ten episodes in two days with zero budget. When their editor booked a paying job after editing only three episodes, Heather found an editing mentor and learned how to edit the remaining episodes.
She designed their website, created a “pitch bible” and entered it into numerous festivals. There’s no better way to learn how to produce than by merely doing it, without a net…trial and error style.
The next few years, Heather began to book consistent tv and film work, while still keeping a toe in casting, writing and producing. Her on-camera tv/film credits include "Baskets" (recurring), "Justified" (recurring), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Major Crimes," "Scandal," "American Horror Story," "The Mentalist," "Dexter," "Chuck," "Body of Proof," "Nip/Tuck" (recurring), "Eagleheart," "Up All Night," "Journeyman," the short "Groom’s Cake," and its feature sequel, "Birthday Cake," both of which have won awards in numerous film festivals.
In 2012, she decided to jump back into the web series waters and co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred in "2 Hopeful Spinsters," which was financed through a successful crowdfunding campaign. The high concept series also starred Michael Madsen, Jim Turner, Todd Sherry & Zack Stentz. 2HS was a festival darling and won numerous awards, including Best Comedy Webisode (Independent Film Quarterly), Outstanding Ensemble Cast & Outstanding Comedy Series (LA Web Series Festival) and Award Finalist (HollyShorts Film Festival).
Currently, she co-produces a regular cabaret show at Rockwell Table & Stage in LA with her comedy partner, Todd Sherry called "Up, With A Twist." Past performers include JoAnne Worley, Missi Pyle, Ana Gasteyer, The Lampshades (Kate Flannery & Scot Robinson), Steve Kazee & Daisy Eagan.
As a writer, she wrote and produced a musical one-woman show, "Believe It Or Not, It's Just Me" in 2010 and has since developed into a half hour pilot. She also writes and performs with the sketch comedy group, The Ladies Room and has co-written and co-produced numerous video parodies and sketches, including "Decade 22 Realty" and "Whippedlash." Most recently, she completed the screenplay "The Missing Seven."
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Sarah Chaney and Heather Olt met in the summer of 2000 while performing at New York’s Gateway Playhouse in a production of The Will Rogers Follies.
After nearly two decades of friendship and artistic collaboration, Sarah and Heather decided to officially join forces. Sarah Chaney states, “We practically share the same brain, so it just seemed natural to activate our twin powers.” “Agreed! We have the same aesthetic and we’re drawn to the same stories. Plus, we’re both from Ohio, we’re both five foot ten and we’re both passionate about collaborating with fellow badass women,” says Heather Olt.