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Sarah Riach

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Team Leader for Media and Performance

I am currently Team Leader for Media and Performance, teaching mainly in Performing Arts. I am also project manager/choreographer for DUSC Dance Company who produce, and tour work annually.

Teaching and supervision

I teach a number of modules at all stages of BA (Hons) Performing Arts including:

  • Arts Identity and Industry
  • Musical Theatre Practice
  • Dance Practice and Application (Tour)
  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Ensemble Performance 

I have supervised dissertations in:

  • Arts in Education
  • Community Arts
  • Musical Theatre
  • Drag


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).
  • '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).

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)
  • 'Memorybods' (2019)


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Emms-Hobbins, Rachel and Riach, Sarah Dance University of Sunderland Company. [Artefact]


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 (Unpublished)

This list was generated on Wed Jun 19 14:47:47 2024 BST.
  • Arts in Education
  • Community Arts
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Jazz Dance
  • Choreography
  • Musical Theatre
  • Social Media

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 28 February 2024