sara brians - choreographer, director, movement designer
SARA BRIANS is an award-winning director, choreographer, dancer and educator based in New York City. Her work spans Broadway theatre to film, live events and industrials. She has extensive experience conceiving choreography for large-scale productions as well as intimate venues, always with the purpose to develop and deliver original, inventive and imaginative theatre through artistic collaboration and galvanizing inspiration.
Most recently, Sara choreographed SPRING AWAKENING at The Argyle Theatre, directed and choreographed GODSPELL at Theatre Aspen and choreographed FOLLIES at the Astoria Performing Arts Center, for which she received the Outstanding Choreography Award by the NY Innovative Theatre Awards.
On Broadway, Sara was the Movement Assistant for Michael Moore’s THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER, Resident Choreographer for MATILDA THE MUSICAL, Resident Choreographer for BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, Assistant Choreographer for IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS, and Assistant Choreographer for AFTER THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC. Sara was the Assistant Choreographer for the US Tour of MATILDA and Resident Choreographer for BILLY ELLIOT in Chicago and Toronto. Sara also re-mounted the original choreography for WHITE CHRISTMAS in England, Scotland and Wales.
Sara’s other theatre credits include directing and choreographing CITY OF ANGELS at Pace University, and choreographing ROCK OF AGES, MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE FULL MONTY, BIG FISH, CHICAGO and RING OF FIRE at The Alpine Theatre Project. She choreographed & associate directed the musical, THE TROUBLE WITH DOUG in Denmark at the Fredericia Teater. She also choreographed & associate directed NEWTON’S CRADLE for the New York Musical Festival at the Duke Theatre and choreographed LADYSHIP for NYMF at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre. She has also choreographed THE GONDOLIERS at the Theatre at St. Jeans, HOUDINI at The Seagal Center in Montreal and MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, and PIPPIN at Pace University.
Sara choreographed original dance works for the PROJECT BROADWAY concert, KICKING AND SCREAMING, and WALL TO WALL BERNSTEIN, both at Symphony Space in NYC. Other choreography credits include the IOWA HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATER AWARDS, the music video, IT COULD BE, and industrials for CES in Las Vegas, The Becket Fund in New York City, and the Five Star Diamond Awards in Berlin. She has also created original dance works for choreography showcases including LAUNCH V at The Tank for Gotham Dance Theatre and FERTILE GROUND at Greenspace.
She has worked at City Center, Encores! (GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, FACE THE MUSIC and OF THEE I SING), The Kennedy Center (BROADWAY: THREE GENERATIONS), Goodspeed Opera House (SHOW BOAT), Asolo Repertory Theatre (PULSE), The Alley Theatre (AN AMERICAN IN PARIS), The 5th Avenue Theatre (LONE STAR LOVE), Ogunquit Playhouse (42ND STREET) and has worked on numerous concerts, readings and solo shows in New York at Joe’s Pub, The 92nd Street Y, Town Hall and Merkin Hall.
Sara performed as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall and made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning revival of 42ND STREET. Her television appearances include GOOD MORNING AMERICA, MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, LATE SHOW WITH JAY LENO, and THE DONNIE AND MARIE SHOW. Sara has choreographed and taught across the US and internationally, most notably at the Banff Centre in Calgary. She is a Guest Faculty teacher at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and is on faculty at Pace University and Manhattan School of Music. Her tap sounds can be heard on the recordings of SHERRY! THE MUSICAL and the 30th Anniversary recording of ANNIE, both produced by James Lipton.