Sarah Riach

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Senior Lecturer

I am currently Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer teaching across Dance and Performing Arts. I am also project manager/choreographer for DUSC which includes 3 strands: DUSC community projects - delivering and designing numerous dance and creative arts based projects across the City, DUSC dance company - an undergraduate company made up of students who annually tour local schools, community and arts venues, performing original work and DUSC G - a graduate dance company which seeks external funding to create original dance work, employing graduates from the University on a freelance basis. 

Teaching and supervision

I teach a number of modules, at all stages of the degree including:

  • Triple Threat Performer
  • Technical Bodies
  • Dance Performance
  • Arts Identity and Industry
  • Dance Composition and Performance
  • Musical Theatre Practice
  • Staging the Dance
  • Dance Practice and Application (Tour)
  • Musical Theatre Production
  • Community/Education (Placement)

I have supervised dissertations in:

Arts in Education
Community Arts
Musical Theatre


Research areas of interest:

  • The role of social media within higher education - this empirical study investigated the use of Web 2.0 technology and its place within education (basis of MA dissertation).
  • 'Small Steps, Giant Jumps' - involved an investigation into how children and parents can learn and develop effective communication, social skills (meeting child milestones), and healthy living through dance and creative play. (Collaboration with Rachel Emms-Hobbins)
  • 'Learning Bods ©' - designed for Key Stage 1 and 2, the interactive performances teach key aspects of the curriculum through dance theatre. This outreach has been commended by an educational specialist consultant as an excellent and innovative model of practice. (Collaboration with Rachel Emms-Hobbins).

DUSC productions:

'Turn it up a little bit' (2011)
'Citius, Altius, Fortius' (2012)
'System 28' (2013)
'Dimension 40' (2014)
'Wizzpopping Stories' (2015)
'Numberbods ©' (2016)
'Sciencebods ©' (2017)
'SiO2' (2017)
'The Three Spirits' collaboration with Beamish (2014-2017) 
'Numberbods ©' (2018)


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Riach, Sarah and Emms-Hobbins, Rachel (2014) Small Steps, Giant Jumps. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

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Areas of expertise

My specialist areas of expertise include Arts in Education, Community Arts, Contemporary Dance, Jazz Dance, Choreography, Musical Theatre, and Social Media.

Further information

In addition to my role at the University, I freelance as a choreographer and work for a local children's theatre company. This often involves me working with local children who perform as part of professional Musical Theatre touring productions at venues such as Sunderland Empire, Theatre Royal Newcastle and Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle. 

Recent productions include:
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sunderland Empire 2016 and Metro Radio Arena Newcastle 2017 
Evita, Sunderland Empire 2017

Last updated 14 February 2019