Christopher Wheeldon trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet in 1991. In 1993, he joined New York City Ballet and was promoted to Soloist in 1998. He was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer in July 2001. Since then, Mr. Wheeldon has created and staged productions for many of the world’s major ballet companies.
In 2007, Mr. Wheeldon founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and was appointed an Associate Artist for Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Mr. Wheeldon now serves as Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet. As Artistic Associate, Mr. Wheeldon has created many works for the company, including the full-length Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale, both of which were co-productions with The National Ballet of Canada.
For the Metropolitan Opera, he choreographed Dance of the Hours for Ponchielli’s La Gioconda (2006) and Richard Eyre’s production of Carmen (2012) as well as ballet sequences for the feature film Center Stage (2000) and Sweet Smell of Success on Broadway (2002).
Mr. Wheeldon created a special excerpt for the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. In April 2016, he was the Artistic Director for the Fashion Forward exhibition in Paris at La Musee Arts et Decoratif.
In 2014, Mr. Wheeldon directed and choreographed the musical version of An American in Paris, w hich had productions in Paris, on Broadway, and in London. 2016 was The Joffrey Ballet’s world premiere of The Nutcracker reimagined by Mr. Wheeldon and he directed and choreographed the gala presentation of Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon starring Kelli O’Hara and Patrick Wilson at New York City Center in 2017. In 2018, Mr. Wheeldon staged two pieces in Tokyo: An American in Paris and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland while in 2019, Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale was performed by The Bolshoi Ballet. 2019 was also the premiere for Corybantic Games at The Royal Ballet and a re-staged version of Cinderella for the English National Ballet at Royal Albert Hall.
Among Mr. Wheeldon’s awards are a Tony Award for Best Choreography for An American in Paris, an Outer Critics Award for Best Choreography and Direction for An American in Paris, the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, the American Choreography Award, the Dance Magazine Award, multiple London Critics’ Circle Awards, and the Léonide Massine Prize for new choreography. Mr. Wheeldon’s productions of Cinderella and The Winter’s Tale w on the Benois de la Danse, and he is an Olivier Award winner for his ballets Aeternum for The Royal Ballet and Polyphonia for Morphoses.
In 2016, Mr. Wheeldon was named an O.B.E. and was made an Honorary Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Christopher is a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom and resides in New York City with his husband, Ross Rayburn, and their dog, Hattie.
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Photo: George and Ira Gershwin, New York City, 1928. Courtesy of the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts.
George and Ira Gershwin will always be remembered as the songwriting team whose voice was synonymous with the sounds and style of the Jazz Age. By the time of their 1924 Broadway hit, LADY, BE GOOD!, George had worked with lyricist Buddy DeSylva on a series of revues, GEORGE WHITE’S SCANDALS, while Ira enjoyed success with composer Vincent Youmans on TWO LITTLE GIRLS IN BLUE. But from 1924 until George’s death in 1937, the brothers wrote almost exclusively with each other, composing over two dozen scores for Broadway and Hollywood. Though they had many individual song hits, their greatest achievement may have been the elevation of musical comedy to an American art form. With their trilogy of political satires — STRIKE UP THE BAND, the Pulitzer Prize-winning OF THEE I SING, and its sequel, LET ’EM EAT CAKE (all three written with playwrights George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind) – they helped raise popular musical theatre to a new level of sophistication. Their now-classic folk opera, PORGY AND BESS (co-written with DuBose Heyward), is constantly revived in opera houses and theatres throughout the world. Concurrently with the Gershwins’ musical theatre and film work, George attained great success in the concert arena as a piano virtuoso, conductor, and composer of such celebrated works as RHAPSODY IN BLUE, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, and the CONCERTO IN F.
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Photo: George and Ira Gershwin, New York City, 1928. Courtesy of the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts.
Craig Lucas’ plays include Missing Persons, Reckless, Blue Window, Prelude to a Kiss, God’s Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, Small Tragedy, Prayer for My Enemy, The Singing Forest, Ode To Joy, I Was Most Alive With You. Screenplays include Longtime Companion (Sundance Audience Award), The Secret Lives of Dentists (NY Film Critics Best Screenplay Award), Reckless, Blue Window, The Dying Gaul. Libretti include The Light in the Piazza, Two Boys, Orpheus in Love, 3 Postcards, An American in Paris, Amélie, Sousatzka. He directed the world premiere of The Light in the Piazza, Harry Kondoleon’s plays Saved Or Destroyed & Play Yourself, and the films The Dying Gaul & Birds of America. He received the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Laura Pels/PEN Mid-career Award, the Greenfield Prize, LAMBDA Literary Award, Hull-Warriner Award, Flora Roberts Award, Steinberg/ACTA Best Play Award among others. He has 3 Tony nominations and 3 Obie Awards.
Recent theatre productions: The Inheritance (Young Vic, West End and Broadway), Sing Street (New York Theatre Workshop), Alys Always, My Name is Lucy Barton and Allelujah! (The Bridge Theatre), The Moderate Soprano (West End). An American in Paris (Broadway, London and Paris), Skylight (London and Broadway), Aladdin (Disney – Toronto & Broadway), The Glass Menagerie (American Rep Theatre, USA & Broadway), The Audience (London and Broadway), Once (London, Broadway & US Tour), The Dark Earth & Light Sky (Almeida).
He has designed numerous productions for the National Theatre: including: People, Pinocchio, Travelling Light, Collaborators, King James Bible, Juno & the Paycock (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Habit of Art, The Power of Yes, Phèdre, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Gethsemane, and Fram (which he also co-directed with Tony Harrison), The History Boys (also Broadway), His Girl Friday and Mourning Becomes Electra, plus more than twenty-five productions for the RSC, including: Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Plantagenets. For the Donmar Warehouse: Into the Woods and Orpheus Descending.
Other theatre credits: Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre, UK Tour & Broadway), Disney’s Aida (Broadway), Disney’s Tarzan which he also directed (Broadway, Germany & The Netherlands), and The Year of Magical Thinking (Broadway & NT), The Coast of Utopia (New York), Carousel (New York), The Seagull (Public Theatre New York), Paul Simon’s The Capeman, The Sweet Smell Of Success.
For Opera and Ballet his designs: Strapless, The Winter’s Tale, Pavane, Anastasia, The Knot Garden, La traviata and Alice in Wonderland (Royal Opera House) Great Scott (Dallas Opera), Don Carlos (Metropolitan Opera), The Cunning Little Vixen (Châtelet).
Film: Othello, Tales of Hollywood starring Jeremy Irons and Alec Guinness, Suddenly Last Summer directed by Richard Eyre and starring Maggie Smith for the BBC, plus Costume Design for the film of The Crucible starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder.
He is the recipient of seven Tony awards, two Olivier awards, the Royal Designer for Industry Award and Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design at the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards in New York.
NATASHA KATZ (Lighting Design) designed the lighting for the Broadway production of An American in Paris directed by Christopher Wheeldon. She is honored to have designed the lighting for many new ballets choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, including The Winter’s Tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the upcoming MJ on Broadway and Like Water for Chocolate at the Royal Ballet. Recent Broadway: Springsteen on Broadway, Frozen, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and Hello, Dolly! She is a TDF Wendy Wasserstein Project Mentor and was recently inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
59 Productions specialises in the design and integration of animation and projection into live performance and artistic environments. Projects include Apollo Moon Landing 50th Anniversary (National Mall, Washington DC), Marie (The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle), Satyagraha, Pearl Fishers (LA Opera), Marnie (Metropolitan Opera / ENO), Two Boys and The Enchanted Island (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Intimate Apparel, Flying Over Sunset, Junk (Lincoln Centre Theater), An American in Paris (Broadway, London, US tour – Tony & Olivier Awards for Best Scenic Design of a Musical), The Shining (Minnesota Opera), Oslo (Lincoln Center, National Theatre, Harold Pinter Theatre), Sukanya, Morgen und Abend and Eugene Onegin (Royal Opera), Candide, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (Santa Fe Opera/ Seattle Opera), Five Telegrams (Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms & 14-18 Now), Array (Barbican), Brigadoon (New York City Center), Reflections (Guggenheim), The Last Warrior Elephant (Shanghai Oriental Art Center / China Tour),The Shadow Factory (Nuffield Theatre), Five Telegrams, Bloom, Deep Time (Edinburgh International Festival), The Last Ship (Northern Stage / UK Tour/ Princess of Wales, Toronto), Moments of Silence (Imperial War Museum), Reflections: Guggenheim Bilbao 20th Anniversary (Guggenheim Museum), A Perfect Harmony (Freer|Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution), Paul Auster’s City of Glass (Home, Manchester, Lyric Hammersmith) Wonder.land (Manchester International Festival, NT), David Bowie Is (V&A), Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Big Fish (Broadway), The Forbidden Zone (Salzburg Festival, Schaubühne Berlin), Al gran sole carico d’amore (Berlin State Opera and Salzburg Festival), War Horse (NT and worldwide tours), Les Misérables world tour (Cameron Mackintosh), Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Gala and the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Kelvin Gedye has worked in Sound for more than 40 years. He began mixing bands and then joined Circus Oz before working for System Sound in 1982, mixing Candide, Oliver and Oklahoma. Running away from the Circus in 1987 he mixed CATS, Les Misérables and The Phantom Of The Opera for System Sound.
Kelvin joined the company full time in 1991 and went on to supervise and design numerous national and international tours including Phantom, CATS, Fiddler On The Roof and Wicked.
In Hong Kong, he has worked on many orchestral concerts for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra including the Symphony Under The Stars series and also operated the sound for the Hong Kong Handover in 1997.
During The Production Company’s twenty-one years in Melbourne, Kelvin co-designed nineteen musicals, including Mack & Mabel, Kiss Me Kate, The Producers, Show Boat, Curtains, A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder, Dusty, Hello Dolly, Brigadoon, Lazarus and Ragtime.
He has received Green Room Award nominations for Sound Design for Dusty, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Violet and Songs For A New World.
Kelvin relishes the melding of Art and Science required to produce good sound and is delighted to be designing the sound for An American In Paris.
Dontee is presently serving as Associate Director for the Broadway productions of Diana: A true musical story and MJ: the Musical. Select credits include: Oklahoma! – Director (Pittsburgh CLO), Brigadoon– Director (Pittsburgh CLO), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (MUNY- Directing Consultant), An American in Paris– Associate Director/ Choreographer (Broadway, National Tour, London, Japan, Paris), The Addams Family- Associate Director/ Choreographer (Broadway, National Tour, Australia, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico City), Next to Normal- Associate Choreographer (Broadway, National Tour, Japan, Korea, Kennedy Center), The Winter’s Tale– Choreographer (NY Public Theater), A Doll’s House– Movement Consultant (Williamstown Theater), and 42nd Street- Choreographer (Casa Manana Theater). Previous Broadway performance credits: original Broadway revival cast of Gypsy (starring Bernadette Peters), 42nd Street and The Addams Family.
Broadway Resident Director of Hamilton: An American Musical. Founding collaborator of Nettelworks: a creative collective. Director: Confidence and The Speech (Theatre Row) All Dressed Up (Redhouse Arts Center) Riot Song (The Drama League: Joe’s Pub) Jay and the Contest (Theatre Row) Every Path (La Jolla Playhouse & Moxie Theatre) Still Life (Keller Gallery) The Guys (Davenport Theatre) BitC0N (LATEA) Ascended (Zoetic Stage) New York Theatre Workshop Gala (Plaza Hotel) The Big Announcement (Drama League’s Rough Draft Series) Let’s Misbehave (Mr. Finn’s Cabaret) Cendrillon and Gianni Schicchi (Point Loma Opera) Twelfth Night, Midsummer, The Forced Marriage, et al (Point Loma Playhouse), Broadway Resident Director of An American in Paris, Associate Director of The Curious Incident on Broadway, Circus in Winter (Goodspeed), The Golem of Havana (Barrington Stage Company & Miami New Drama) Assistant Director: Doctor Zhivago & Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (HBO), Christopher Plummer’s A Word or Two (Center Theatre Group), Fetch Clay, Make Man (New York Theatre Workshop), Sideways and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse). Member of SDC, Drama League Director’s Project Fellow & Resident, SDC Foundation Denham Fellow. Adjunct professor at New York University. Guest professor at Wesleyan University and Long Island University Hannahmryan.com
Sean Maurice Kelly was most recently the Resident Director for the Asia/Paris tour of Christopher Wheeldon’s ‘An American in Paris’. He previously held the same position on the U.S. tour. Additionally, he was the Associate Choreographer on Broadway.
He held similar positions for the shows ‘Billy Elliot’ the musical’, Twyla Tharps’s ‘Movin’ out’, and ‘Swing’. He also performed as a swing in the last 2 productions listed.
Mr. Kelly was born in San Francisco, California. He received his training at Marin Ballet.
Post graduation he joined American Ballet Theatre II for 2 seasons.
Mr. Kelly was offered a contract from Mikhail Baryshnikov to join ABT. But opted to join the Houston Ballet, where he became a Principal Dancer.
He eventually became a Ballet Master. He now returns as Guest Ballet Master and Stager frequently.
Mr. Kelly has distinguished himself in both the classical and contemporary
His Principal roles include the Prince in Ben Stevenson’s The
Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Don Quixote, Dracula, and Nutcracker;
Albrecht in Peter Wright’s production of Giselle, Colas in Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal
Gardee, as well as Leads in numerous Ballets by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, George
Balanchine, Christopher Bruce, Paul Taylor, Stanton Welch, and others.
He has appeared in the International Evening of
Dance in Vail, Colorado and in the Gala opening of the Vilar
Center for the Performing Arts in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Mr. Kelly choreographed 2 premieres, ‘Sinuosity’ and ‘Patterns’, for Houston Ballet for the Cullen
He was the recipient of the Best Partner Award at the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland.
Mr. Kelly is a freelance teacher and Stager.
Stuart trained at Bird College London.
The Sound of Music (Pattihio Theatre Limassol & The Strovolos Theatre Nicosia, Cyprus); Bandstand, Ragtime, Once On This Island (Arts Educational Schools London); Swallows and Amazons and King Lear (Creation Theatre Oxford); Romeo and Juliet (Guildford Shakespeare Company); Not The End Of The World (Edinburgh festival, 2015); Cole, (Frinton Rep and Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford); Hair, Legally Blonde, Spring Awakening, Jerry Springer the Opera, Bare, Billy (Guildford School Of Acting).
With his own company Tracing Movement, Stuart has directed and choreographed the short films The Heavyweight, Pop, Focal Point, Generate – UH HUH, Generate – WOAH YEAH, Rebound and Resilience. He also directed the documentary Reboot: Dancing Through A Pandemic based on the. support projects he ran for freelance dancers during 2020/2021.
Guys and Dolls, Théâtre Marigny, Paris (directed and choreographed by Stephen Mear); To Gillie With Love, (staged By Chrissie Cartwright); Funny Girl, Théâtre Marigny, Paris (directed and choreographed by Stephen Mear); Hugo, Green Light Productions (directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon).
Cats, Grease, Mary Poppins, Chicago, Kiss Me Kate, Pajama Game, White Christmas, Singin’ In The Rain, Sunset Boulevard, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 42nd Street, An American In Paris, Iolanthe, Chess.
Hailed by The New York Times as one of “Broadway’s Electric Conductors,” Ellison was the Music Supervisor/Conductor of the Broadway, London and Tokyo production of An American in Paris.
He supervised the Australian production of Spamalot, and is the Music Supervisor/Arranger of the new Broadway bound musical Roman Holiday, the composer of the award-winning musical, The Black and White Ball, and The Canterville Ghost with Brendan Cull. In London’s West End, he was the Music Supervisor/Orchestrator of 42nd Street at the Drury Lane Theatre, and supervised and conducted opening night of An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre.
Broadway credits include An American in Paris, Annie , La Cage aux Folles, Elton John’s Lestat, Spamalot, 42nd Street, Amour, The Wild Party, On the Town, Once Upon a Mattress (starring Sarah Jessica Parker), How to Succeed… (starring Matthew Broderick), She Loves Me, Taller than a Dwarf and A Class Act.
Internationally he has conducted at the Vienna Konzerthaus with Dawn Upshaw and Jerry Hadley,
The Dublin Film Orchestra, Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Mexico City and Radio City Music Hall), World Science Festival-Lincoln Center, Cole Porters’ Jubilee at Carnegie Hall, the Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, The Philly Pops, Nashville Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, New Haven, New Jersey and York Symphonies.
He has conducted more than twenty albums including the Grammy Award winning cast albums of his shows. He has conducted for such stars as Beyoncé, Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols, Nicole Kidman, Barry Manilow, Jennifer Hudson, Bea Arthur, Jane Lynch, Elaine Stritch, Tracey Ullman, Toni Collette, Anthony Warlow and Bille Brown.
Todd is a graduate of Boston University School of Music with a degree in piano performance. He is proud to be a Steinway Artist. Toddellison.com
In 2019, Vanessa Scammell conducted Sweeney Todd and Jekyll & Hyde (both starring Anthony Warlow) and an encore national tour of From Broadway to La Scala. In 2021, she conducts the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland and West Australian Symphony Orchestras in programmes such as Vera Blue, The Bamboos and Birds of Tokyo. Vanessa also leads performances of Opera in the Outback for Opera Queensland and undertakes a major National Tour for the BBC.
She enjoys a diverse portfolio of work as a conductor of ballet, musical theatre, concert repertoire and opera.
Vanessa’s postgraduate study included a Masters in Conducting; she has been the recipient of the Brian Stacey Award and the Robert and Elizabeth Albert Conducting Fellowship for The Australian Ballet.
Conducting credits include:
The Australian Ballet: The Dream, Body Torque, Nutcracker.
Opera Australia: The Merry Widow, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, La traviata
Musical Theatre: Funny Girl (Sydney Symphony Orchestra), Hello Dolly, The Light in the Piazza, The Producers, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera, Titanic, CATS and Fiddler on the Roof.
Vanessa has regularly conducted the Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne, Christchurch, West Australian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. Her concert credits include: From Broadway to La Scala; Peter and Jack starring Barry Humphries, Idina Menzel LIVE – Barefoot at the Symphony; Eskimo Joe and Lea Salonga in Concert.
She was Musical Director for The Divorce (an opera commissioned for television by Opera Australia, Princess Pictures and the ABC) and has been the Helpmann Award’s Music Director for the past 12 years.
In 2018, Vanessa conducted The Merry Widow for Opera Australia, West Australian Opera and Opera Queensland. She also led a symphonic tour of Planet Earth for the BBC; in 2019, she conducted the national tour of Blue Planet 2 for the same organisation.
David was a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet, a principal guest artist with The Royal Ballet and resident guest artist with The Australian Ballet. He is the author of a critically acclaimed memoir, A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back. He made history in 2011 when he became the first American to join the Bolshoi Ballet under the title premier dancer.
David danced every major full-length classical ballet, along with works by the major choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. He performed as a guest artist with the Mariinsky Ballet, the Paris Opéra Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, the Tokyo Ballet, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Kiev Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Bayreische Staatsoper Ballet, Opera di Roma and Georgian State Ballet, among others.
In November 2011 David performed The Sleeping Beauty, the first ballet performance to reopen the newly renovated Bolshoi Theatre, which was broadcast through cinemas to 60 countries around the world. He won the prestigious Benois de la Danse Prize for Best Male Dancer in 2010, for his performance as Albrecht in Giselle with American Ballet Theatre. He established the David Hallberg Scholarship to mentor aspiring male dancers at American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company and Ballet Arizona. He has also created and directs ABT INCUBATOR, a workshop encouraging creation by emerging choreographers.
In 2021, David Hallberg became the eighth Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet.