Sarah Gabany

International Experience Country:
Cyprus
Cohort Year:
2021
Home Institution:

Robert Morris University

Heinz Programming Area:
Creativity
Bio:
Sarah Gabany is a junior at Robert Morris University studying Digital Cinematography and Television. She is from Irwin Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn-Trafford High School in 2018. She has since worked on many films and commercials in Pittsburgh. This includes working with the University of Pittsburgh, WQED, and Netflix. Sarah enjoys screenwriting and is working on several feature films. She plans to intern in Los Angeles her senior year and eventually move out there as a director/screenwriter.
International Experience Summary:

Sarah Gabany spent one month studying abroad virtually at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. There she studied under the Communications department as a podcast and radio intern. During her internship, she wrote, edited, recorded, and broadcasted a series of podcasts that took a creative and artistic approach to questions that often overwhelm us. Sarah created podcasts such as “Where do we go when we sleep?”, “How we came to be”, “What’s out there?”, and “What time is it?”. Each podcast provided a light explanation to rather heavy questions. Despite being a Digital Cinematography and Photography major at Robert Morris University, focusing on the new medium of podcast and radio provided her with the necessary skills to truly design an atmosphere through sound and words. Though it was a challenge to tell a story without moving images, creating a podcast series gave Sarah the fundamental skills to envision and understand how she would like her films and photography to look and feel. Each podcast was broadcasted throughout Cyprus and aloud at local art festivals. During her experience, Sarah was able to connect with her professor creatively and learn the ins and outs of auditory storytelling.

Sarah will never forget her experience at the University of Nicosia. She hopes to one day visit Cyprus in person to make that personal connection with those who listened to her series. She anticipates meeting more students and professors that are interested in podcasts that take on a more cinematic approach. Sarah is ambitious to continue to combine the medium of film and radio to create more exciting stories.