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SHANDA SAWYER

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Shanda Sawyer’s work as a Director, Choreographer and Producer has garnered numerous awards
including two Emmys®, a Gracie and six American Choreography and World Choreography Award
nominations. Known for her expertise across many mediums, Sawyer’s skills encompass television,
concerts and music video, narrative-driven live shows, commercials and cutting edge corporate
events.
Sawyer created the groundbreaking Marvel Universe Live! arena show franchise – writing the
original concept that brought Marvel, Disney Theatricals and Feld Entertainment together and
collaborating closely with Marvel CCO Joe Quesada. Sawyer served as Show Creator, Director and
Co-Writer for the first U.S. and international tours of this uber-successful franchise. She is currently
developing live experiences and shows for other well-known IPs.
In the realm of music, Sawyer’s recent credits include serving as Creative producer and
Choreographer on a series of six music videos for Blake Shelton’s Texoma Shore album, and
Creative Consultant for performances by Beyonce, Michael Bolton & Andre Bocelli. Sawyer also
works extensively in the Asian pop music world. As Creative Producer/Director and Choreographer
for Thuy Nga – Paris By Night’s spectacular international productions for over a decade, she has
created over 100 concert shows and music videos for top Asian music stars.
Sawyer was honored to be chosen to re-imagine the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus.
With her team of Oscar®, Tony® and Emmy Award® winners, Sawyer completely re-designed this
American entertainment icon – transforming the performance space, incorporating video, narrative
storyline and a fresh musical score. During her tenure, ticket sales and profits were revitalized.
Sawyer’s first Ringling show Circus of Dreams was lauded as the biggest change in 50 years. The
NY Times praised her next show Zing Zang Zoom as “an artful eyeful, liberally spiced with mystifying
magic.” Sawyer’s revolutionary DRAGONS! circus also toured to sold-out crowds and rave reviews.
Sawyer’s latest circus project China Goes Pop – a joint production from Broadway Asia and China’s
CPAA – sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is currently touring globally. The show
combines traditional Chinese culture and acrobatics with western pop music and projected Pop Art
environments.
Sawyer’s work as a television director has fueled the success of TV comedies such as Queer Eye,
The Man Show, The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show, and reality shows like Extreme Makeover, The
Miss America Pageant, and The World’s Greatest Stunts. Sawyer also Executive produced and
directed Oxygen’s critically acclaimed reality/comedy series Who Needs Hollywood? and was
honored to design and direct the Michael Kidd Tribute for the Academy Awards®. Her
choreography is featured in shows such as The Choice, House MD and Ghost Whisperer.
In the corporate and commercial arena, Sawyer has created cutting edge live shows, commercials
and media for clients such as Levi’s, L’Oreal, Carnival, Pepsi, Nestle, Nintendo, Subaru and
Absolut. Sawyer is a member of the DGA, ATAS, and SDC.

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Concerts/Tours/Events
China Goes Pop
Director/Choreographer
China/Edinburgh
Marvel Universe Live!
Creator/Director/Writer
Global Tour
Cirque Du Soleil/ Dreamworks Project
Creative Consultant
Cirque Du Soleil
Ringling Bros. "Dragons" National Tour
Creator/Director/Writer
Dancing With The Stars Live Tours
Writer
Ringling Bros. "Zing Zang Zoom"
Creator/Director/Writer
Paris By Night
Creative Director/Choreographer
Israel's 73rd Birthday- "Promised Wonderland"
Director/Writer
Saban Theater
AGA Kahn Golden Jubilee
Director/Writer/Choreographer
Redken Symposium
Director/Choreographer
Mandalay Bay Arena
Seigfried & Roy-USO Benefit
Director/Choreographer
Mandalay Bay Arena
The Rhythym Methods
Director/Choreographer/Writer
The Boarding House
Levi Strauss & Co.
Director/Choreographer/Writer
Macy's Passport
Choreographer
Television
Who Needs Hollywood?
Executive Producer/ Director
Oxygen
Disney Christmas Day Parade
Creative Consultant w/ Beyonce, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bolton
ABC
The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show
Director
Buena Vista
The Man Show Seasons 1 & 2
Director
Comedy Central
Academy Awards
Michael Kiss Tribute
ABC
Extreme Makeover
Producer/Writer Seaon 1
ABC
Queer Eye For The Straight Girl
Director
Bravo
Motown Live
Director- Comedy Segments
Universal
Comics On Delivery
Director
Comedy Central
Miss America
Director
ABC
Millennium Live
Director
PAX
Sunday Comics
Director
FOX
World's Greatest Stunts
Director
FOX
Stuntmasters
Director
GRB
Haywire
Director
FOX
Rock 'N Reality Special
Director/Producer
Group W
The Choice
Choreographer
FOX
House MD
Choreographer
FOX
Ghost Whisperer w/ Mary J. Blige
Choreographer
CBS
Las Vegas w/ Josh Duhmael
Choreographer
NBC
Wild Things
Choreographer
Paramount
Century City
Choreographer
Universal
Disney Animal Kingdom Special
Choreographer
ABC
Deep
Choreographer
Aaron Spelling Productions
Stop At Nothing
Choreographer
Aaron Spelling Productions
The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show
Series Choreographer
Buena Vista
Who Needs Hollywood?
Series Choreographer
Buena Vista
Mouse Club
Choreographer
Disney
Paris By Night
Choreographer
CBC
Sunday Comics
Choreographer
FOX
Rollergames
Choreographer
Motown/Quintex
ABC Rocks
Series Choreographer
ABC
Haywire
Choreographer
FOX
Rock 'N Reality Special
Choreographer
Group W
Sweet Nothing
Choreographer
Group W
Spanish Kitchen
Choreographer
Dir. T Bone Burnett/ ABC
Commercials
Carnival
Choreographer
Nintendo
Choreographer
101 Dalmations
Choreographer
Subaru
Choreographer
Pepsi
Choreographer
Haagen Daas w/ Bolshoi Ballet
Choreographer
Nestle Water
Choreographer
Yoplait
Choreographer
LEVI's
Choreographer
Doublemint
Choreographer
Acura
Choreographer
Kellogg's Cheerios
Choreographer
Music Videos
Blake Shelton "At The House"
Choreographer
Blake Shelton "I Lived It"
Choreographer
Blake Shelton "Money"
Choreographer
Blake Shelton "Beside You Babe"
Choreographer
Blake Shelton "Turnin' Me On"
Choreographer
Blake Shelton "Why Me"
Choreographer
Award Shows
American Choreography Awards
Executive Producer/Director
Absolut Golden Shears Awards
Director/Choreographer/Writer
Film
The Effects of Magic
Choreographer
Dir. Chuck Martinez/ New World
'68 The Movie
Choreographer
Dir. Steve Kovacs/ New World

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