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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, a Peabody, and six American Choreography and World Choreography Award nominations.  She is known for her expertise across many mediums, Sawyer’s skills encompass narrative-driven live shows, television, concerts, music videos, and commercials.

Sawyer created the groundbreaking Marvel Universe Live! arena show franchise – writing the original concept that brought together Marvel, Disney Theatricals, and Feld Entertainment 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.

In the realm of music, Sawyer’s credits include serving as a Creative producer and Choreographer on a series of six music videos for Blake Shelton’s Texoma Shore album, and a Creative Consultant for performances by Beyonce, Michael Bolton & Andrea Bocelli. Sawyer also works extensively in the Asian pop music world – she has created over 100 concert shows and music videos for top Asian music stars as Creative Producer/Director and Choreographer for Thuy Nga – Paris By Night’s spectacular international productions for over a decade,

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.

Sawyer was also 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 directed China Goes Pop – a joint production from Broadway Asia and China’s CPAA – which 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 has created cutting-edge live shows, commercials, and media for clients like Levi’s, L’Oreal, Carnival, Pepsi, Nestle, Nintendo, Subaru, and Absolut in the corporate and commercial arena.

Sawyer is a member of the DGA, ATAS, and SDC.

WHAT THE CLIENTS SAY…

“Shanda is a true creative visionary and rare talent who can not only imagine what is possible but also has the skills as a writer and director to truly execute that vision.”

~ Nicole Feld, EVP & Producer – Feld Entertainment

“Shanda is a terrific director, choreographer, and conceptualist, and an even better collaborator. We look forward to continuing our association in the future and creating new and exciting work together.”

~ Marc Routh, President – Broadway Asia and Broadway Producer

“She is in my opinion a creative genius. Shanda is the most talented person I have ever worked with for show conception, directing & choreography – she always brings the best out of everyone including talent and production team.”

~ Trevor Sorbie MBE, CEO – Trevor Sorbie London

“Shanda is magic. She came in with limited time, a positive attitude, and a strong head and put together the most epic of dance routines for not 1 but 6 videos. She was easy to work with, super gracious, and professional the whole time. Hardworking, around the clock.”

~ Adam Rothlein, Director – Blake Shelton Texoma Shore videos

“Shanda is that rare choreographer who truly understands story, camera, and editing. She worked beautifully with the actors; completely transforming them into believable dancers in a few short rehearsals, and was able to help our crew organize the shoot to get the best possible coverage quickly and efficiently. She’s also a big asset in the edit room; with a few quick suggestions she helped our editor really kick things up a notch.”

~ Kim Moses, Exec. Producer – Sander/Moses: Ghost Whisperer, Reckless

“From the first time meeting Shanda, I was amazed at her grace, her creativity, and her keen attention to detail. Without her talent and dedication, Paris By Night would not be where it is today. Having worked closely with Shanda for over 10 years and nearly 1000 production numbers in 100 Projects, I am still amazed at how she can continuously come up with new ideas. Shanda has truly helped to elevate Paris By Night into a whole new spectrum.”

~ Marie To – Executive Producer Thuy Nga Productions – Paris By Night

“Shanda goes beyond in pushing the boundaries of performance, emotional impact, and visuals. She is the most creative, inspiring, and visionary Director & Choreographer I have ever worked with and is respected by all who work with her.”

~ Kris Sorbie, Global Artistic Director – Redken

 

 

 

 

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Concerts/Tours/Events
Cirque Du Soleil/ Dreamworks Project
Creative Consultant
Cirque Du Soleil
Dynasty
Creative Director/Choreographer
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
Glamour in Singapore
Creative Director/Choreographer
Resorts World Sentosa Singapore
China Goes Pop
Director/Choreographer
Edinburgh Fringe Fest/ International Tour
Marvel Universe Live!
Creator/Director/Writer
Global Tour
Dancing With The Stars Live Tours
Writer
Dragons
Show Creator/Director/Co-Writer
Ringling Bros. National Tour
Zing Zang Zoom
Show Creator/Director/Co-Writer
Ringling Bros. National Tour
Circus of Dreams
Show Creator/Director/Co-Writer
Ringling Bros. National Tour
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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