Sara Stewart Schumann was a choreographer, solo dancer, and ballet master with the Lyric Opera of Chicago from 1990 to 2006. Her choreography for Lyric productions includes: La Traviata, Faust, Macbeth, Manon Lescaut, Rigoletto, Attila, I E Capuletti et Montechi, and Un ballo in Maschera. She also set Un ballo in Maschera at the Houston Grand Opera, and worked with the San Diego Opera on its production of Samson and Delilah.
Locally, Ms. Schumann has choreographed Faust, Carmen, and The Beggars’ Opera for DuPage Opera Theatre; Carmen for Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera; Madame Pompadour for Chicago Folks Operetta; and Persuasion for Chicago Chamber Opera.
As a teacher, she has taught dance extensively throughout the Chicago area, until she received her Juris Doctor from Chicago Kent College of Law and was admitted to the Illinois Bar. As a performer, Sara is still remembered in Chicago for her performances with the Lyric Opera and as the American Beauty Rose in The Nutcracker at Arie Crown Theater. She performed the role of Sugar Plum for 16 years as a guest artist nationally and overseas with the Scottish-American Ballet. She also performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet and Ohio Ballet, and represented the U.S. in Tokyo, Japan’s First International Dance Competition in 1992.