The New York Times refers to Shanda’s work as:
an artful eyeful, liberally spiced with mystifying magic.”
Shanda Sawyer’s work as a Director, Choreographer and Executive Producer has garnered numerous awards including two Emmys®, a Gracie, an Iris nomination and five American Choreography Award nominations.
Sawyer has been tapped to create the first ever Marvel Universe Live! arena show- debuting in July 2014, then touring globally for five years. Sawyer created the original concept that brought Marvel, Disney Theatricals and Feld Entertainment together for this revolutionary undertaking, and serves as Show Creator, Director and Co-Writer. Recently, 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, a narrative storyline and a hip hop/worldbeat score. Sawyer’s first Ringling show Circus of Dreams was lauded as the biggest change in 50 years.