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Sarah Wayne Callies has made an indelible impression on television audiences by portraying strong, independent women in adverse circumstances from Prison Break to The Walking Dead. She is now appearing in the new production of The Guardsman at the Kennedy Center to rave reviews.

Callies was born in Illinois to two college professors and spent most of her childhood in Honolulu, Hawaii. Throughout her youth, she expressed her interest in acting by participating in numerous plays at the independent Punahou School. In 2002, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in classical acting from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver. During her time there, Callies appeared in several stage productions with the Denver Center Theatre Company. Callies received a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Dartmouth College with a minor in Women’s Studies and a Senior Fellowship in Indigenous Theology.

Callies recently wrapped production on “Black Sky” in Detroit with director, Steven Quayle. In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The film tells the story through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople. The film is scheduled for a 2013 release.

In 2011, Callies starred in the independent feature film “Foreverland” where she stars opposite Juliette Lewis. The drama is centered on a dying man with cystic fibrosis who goes in search of a healing shrine in Mexico with the sister of his fallen friend. In 2010, Callies starred opposite Rupert Friend and Forest Whitaker in “Lullaby for Pi,” a film about a washed-up musician who befriends a reclusive artist with an unusual name. This film gave Callies the opportunity to highlight her passion for music by contributing to the soundtrack, writing and performing an original song for the film.

Further contributing to her list of achievements, Callies most recently sold her first feature screenplay, “Elena’s Serenade,” to producer Cameron Lamb and The Film Farm. Adapted from Campbell Geeslin's award-winning children's book, “Elena’s Serenade” centers on a girl who crosses the Mexican desert to become a glass blower.

In 2002, Callies became affiliated with the International Rescue Committee, (IRC) which helps to raise awareness about the humanitarian needs of refugees worldwide. They offer life-saving care and life changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. As the granddaughter of a refugee, this is a cause very close to her heart. In 2011, Callies was named an IRC Voice for the organization with whom she has traveled to Thailand, Jordan and Iraq.

Callies currently resides in British Columbia, Canada and Atlanta, Georgia.

Blog Entries by Sarah Wayne Callies

Waging Peace

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 9:26 AM

Atlanta, Georgia - A few days before I left for Jordan and Iraq, an old friend rang me up. He was emotional, begging me to be safe 'over there.' I gave him every assurance I could think of, but in the end he hung up as agitated as he'd called....

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It Can Be Done

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 12:57 PM

Atlanta, Georgia -- Did I ever tell you about my favorite boss? He was born in a refugee camp. His mother fled the Soviets in Budapest, escaping to Yugoslavia where she met a man in a camp there. The couple sought asylum in France where their baby was born in...

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Frying Pans and Fires

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 4:44 PM

Mafraq, Jordan -- For some strange reason they made me think of the Supreme Court Justices, sitting in a row against the wall wearing their black abaya and grim faces. We shook hands and I sat beside one of the translators (both of whom -- this time -- were women)....

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Talking and Listening

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 1:51 PM

Domiz camp, Northern Iraq

I have been anticipating and dreading the Domiz camp women's meeting for weeks. It was from Domiz camp that I heard the reports of sexual violence I wrote about in my first blog. Two days ago we finally sat down to talk together --...

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The Kurds Got Me

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 12:39 PM

Domiz Camp, Iraq -- Darfur got George Clooney. Haiti got Sean Penn. Cambodia got Angelina Jolie. The Syrian Kurds got me, Sarah Wayne Callies. That is the simplest and most direct metric I know to convey how bad it is for them right now. Other major humanitarian disasters have garnered...

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'I Am Walking Headlong Into My Own Darkest Night'

(10) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 4:35 PM

I'm ashamed to admit how afraid I am to go to the Middle East. I'm not afraid of being a half day's walk from Syria's warzone -- I'm not afraid for my safety. I am afraid of the weight of the pain I will witness. Afraid it will drag me...

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For Two Refugee Families an Ocean Apart, the Joy and Promise of a New Home

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 2:23 PM

I arrived in Bangkok yesterday after nearly two days of travel.

Right before I left home my husband suggested that I lay in provisions -- they don't feed you these days when you fly. So I ran across the street to buy a sandwich in a...

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