Briana Sakamoto recently performed at Theatre Row with the Pan Asian Repertory as 15-year-old Lucy in Damon Chua's Incident at Hidden Temple. Shortly thereafter, nearby at the Davenport Loft, she played 7 characters (from a blind prophet, to an assassin, to a thirteen year old brat, to an elderly bureaucrat) in Random Access Theatre's Resistance and Rebellion in Rep. Though of "small stature," she was praised as "the biggest badass on stage," (Michael Block, Theater in the Now) for her multi-character work in Emily Dickinson: Paranormal Investigator. "Briana Sakamoto’s role as all of the Fox Sisters is one that could slip into shtick, but Sakamoto crafts distinct and interesting personalities for each of her characters – plus she demonstrates some pretty wicked rapping skills." (Theresa Perkins, My Entertainment World). As Third Witch in Shakespeare's Macbeth (of the Oppressed) (FabMarquee, 14th St. Y) she "seemed to melt like Salvador Dali’s clocks, as she liquidly arrived on surfaces to become a gracefully athletic faerie." (Sherri Rase, Q Onstage)
On screen, Briana was featured as a hipster botany student in Sonja O'hara's Anatomy of an Orchid (post production), an oblivious antagonist to the lead of Agustin McCarthy's Zen Parking, and has played leading roles in two NYU films. An “excellent and very funny soprano,” (Meche Kroop, Voce di Meche) Briana is a classically trained singer with stylistic flexibility, who has sung leading roles with several NYC opera companies. She is an experienced musical theatre performer as well, and was recently seen in supporting roles in Grammy winner Angel Lam's new musical Lost in Shanghai, with the Pan Asian Repertory. She is a member of Joule L'Adara's Guided Imagery Opera company, an adventurous new melding of experimental theatre, eclectic musical styles, and sound healing.
Briana plays piano, guitar, ukelele, a bit of violin, and is a singer-songwriter. She is a longtime student of Larry Singer. A strong mover, Briana has studied ballet, tap, hip hop, and other dance styles, stage combat, and Fay Simpson's Lucid Body. She recently completed Improv 101 at Upright Citizens Brigade NY, and greatly looks forward to continued studies at UCB. She has professional training in the Feldenkrais method, and advanced yoga. At Binghamton University, her eclectic approach to training led her to excel in studies of music, theater (Feldenkrais, Linklater, foundational Peking Opera dance), graduate level Shakespeare theory, and psychology. She speaks conversational French, Italian, German, and a bit of Japanese. Briana is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.