Choreographers

Angela Harriell- is the director and choreographer of the popular Nutcracker: Rated R, as well as the founder and choreographer of the theatrical dance company, The Love Show. Her choreography has been called witty, moving, unique and theatrical, with narratives that are simultaneously autobiographical and universal. A graduate of Fredonia University, where she received The Graduate Scholarship for ballet, she has danced with Elisa Monte and David Brown dance, Randy James Danceworks, Brooklyn Ballet, Opera Francais De New York, The Box, and was a professor teaching ballet at Binghamton University. Angela’s company; The Love Show, has been seen at Theater for The New City, The Flea Theater, HERE theater, The New York Burlesque Festival, The New York Fringe Festival, White Wave Dance Festival, The Philly Fringe Festival’s Late Night Cabaret, House of Yes (earning her a New York Innovative Theatre Awards Outstanding Choreography nomination), and different nightclubs throughout New York. She has set original works for Jerboa Dance of Seattle as well as Key West Contemporary Dance in Key West, Florida. Cointreau, Vogue magazine, The BBC, and Dom Perignon have commissioned pieces from her, and she has created and directed three original Off Broadway productions, the most recent, Nutcracker: Rated R, selling out in its runs over the past seven seasons. Her work has been selected three times to be presented at special galas at the National Arts Club, where Angela has performed along with such luminaries as Elaine Stritch, Tammy Grimes, Charles Busch and Julie Halston. Angela was commissioned to create original choreography for the New York screening of The Antics Roadshow, a new film by Banksy. Angela also taught dance at Lincoln Center for Midsummer Night's Swing. The New York Post and many other publications have praised her choreography, and The New York Times sent a reporter to follow her troupe's exploits last Bastille Day. Most recently, Angela toured Tokyo, Japan with her company, The Love Show, performing two of her original productions in Rappongi and Shibuya.

 Charlie Sutton- Is currently performing in the Broadway hit An American in Paris and is acting as the Artistic Director for the non-profit theater company Working Artist Theater Project in New York City. For the past 10 years Charlie Sutton has been seen in 10 Broadway shows and has worked with Tony award winning Directors and Choreographers including Bartlett Sher, Jack O’Brien, Jerry Zaks, Rob Ashford, Joe Mantello, Jerry Mitchell, James Lapine, Casey Nicholaw, Wayne Cilento and Chris Gattelli. These creative icons have   influenced his use of story telling though choreography. Mr. Sutton is currently   working on the Broadway-bound production   of “Sherlock Holmes” and the New York bound "Georgian" produced by WAT. Other Choreography credits include the New York premier of The Big Show, dance film Descent into Madness, Flesh and Spirit (MMAC Theater), dance short "Sweater Weather", opening credits for the Pilot “DINE”, Broadway Bares- Spring Fever!,  Broadway in Hoboken.

CASSIE NORDGREN-  Cassie is a New York City based choreographer and director, with a passion for teaching and a love for storytelling. Her work is often recognized for its creativity, playfulness, and humor. Cassie was honored to be selected as a finalist in the 2015 Capezio ACE Awards for choreographic excellence though Break the Floor Productions, Capezio, and Dance Spirit Magazine. Last year, Cassie was also selected by Josh Bergasse to be his SDCF Observer for the Broadway revival of On The Town, which he received a Tony nomination for. Soon after opening night, Cassie was featured in an article and interview with Dance Informa Digital Magazine about her experience with the SDCF Observership.

Cassie interest in movement and storytelling has taken on a new medium in the past few years. In 2013, Cassie co-choreographed the feature film Waiting in the Wings, The Musical, where she had the pleasure of choreographing a tap number featuring Academy Award Winner Shirley Jones. Since then, Cassie has directed numerous dance video shorts. Most notably, "Pass the Hat," a video short created to raise money for a former dance teacher in need, caught the eye of news reporter Garvin Thomas and was featured on NBC News.

A California native, Cassie maintains an ongoing presence on the west coast and just finished directing and choreographing the Miss California Pageant and the Miss California's Outstanding Teen Pageant for the fifth time. Back in NYC, Cassie's work was featured most recently in the spring 2015 BC Beat.

Along with developing new work, Cassie has a passion for teaching. She is on faculty with “Marquee, Your Name In Lights” dance convention and at Peridance Capezio Center in NYC. She also loves, loves, loves to teach the little ones and spends most of her mornings teaching 1.5-3 years old's at the Dance Project of Washington Heights

David Marquez- Broadway choreography includes: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Gershwin's Fascinating Rhythm (AriZoni Award! Best Choreography in a Musical); Stanley at Circle in the Square (dance consultant); The 1997 Easter Bonnet Competition and The 1994 Gypsy of the Year Contest for which he won the Absolut® Theatre Award as "Best of Show" (Now known as the Gypsy of the Year) for his entry entitled "Galileo" and was the first choreographer to utilize the event to launch a choreography career. David has choreographed productions for The Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Sharon Stage, The Chicago Goodman Theater, Jacob's Pillow, the MeadowBrook Theater Company (Best Choreography in a Musical nomination for Godspell) to name a few. He was the original choreographer for In The HeightsThoroughly Modern Millie, and The Billy Joel Project which incidentally paved the way for Movin' Out. For television he choreographed the PBS Great Performances production of My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies at Carnegie Hall, starring Julie Andrews, as well as the 2006 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show starring Justin Timberlake for CBS television, at the world famous Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. He has also choreographed several episodes of both One Life to Live and All My Children. Recently: Directed and choreographed Glimpses of the Moon for MetroStage, Seussical for The Weston Playhouse; Ticket To Ride: The Ultimate Beatles Experience at the Shubert Theater in New Haven Connecticut. He has directed and/or choreographed Julie Andrews, Kelly Ripa, Anna Kendrik, Vanessa Williams, Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bebe Neuwirth, Anne Reinking, Sara Ramirez, Patrick Wilson, Faith Prince, Karen Ziemba, the Radio City Rockettes, Tony Roberts, Robert Morse, Orfeh, Natascia Diaz and more.

This year he is doing IN THE HEIGHTS in Portland, and FOLK CITY Off-Broadway.

Desmond Richardson- With his technical virtuosity and statuesque expressive demeanor. Desmond Richardson has been hailed as among the great dancers of his time. Lara Hartley poetically described him on the Ballet Magazine website as a " Moving Sculpture, body that is art, passing through time and space with power and grace -- all parts connected, never stopping but heart stopping in beauty and complexity." Richardson is an international performer, trained at the High School of the Performing Arts in NY, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center & the International Summer Dez Tanz in Köln, Germany. He has been a Principal dancer with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater , American Ballet Theater and Ballet Frankfurt under the direction of William Forsythe, has guested and collaborated with such notable artists and companies domestically and internationally with Alessandra Ferri, Sarita Allen ,Wendy Whelan, Carmen Delavallade, Diana Vishneva, Ido Tadmor, Julio Bocca, appearing with the San Francisco Ballet, Royal Swedish Opera Ballet, Washington Ballet & many others.
Touring extensively throughout the world Richardson has danced on the most important stages such as The Met, Teatro al la Scala , Paris Opera, The Bolshoi in Moscow & Mariinsky Theater St. Petersburg Russia. He has appeared on Broadway in the original cast of Fosse. Twyla Tharp Movin Out as Tony and received his singing debut in Burt Bacharach/ Hal David production The Look Of Love" choreographed by Ann Reinking and Scott Ellis and is the recipient of the prestigious Tony Award nomination, The Dance Magazine Award, Capezio Award, LA Ovation award, Bessie award, 1986 YoungArts alumnus & Presidential Scholar of the Arts.
Richardson has appeared as Celebrity guest performer and choreographer on hit T.V. shows, films and stage productions, such as Italy's "AMICI", America, Australia and Israel's "So You Think You Can Dance" for six seasons, principal performer in Debbie Allen's musical Soul Posessed, Julie Taymor's, Opera Grendel, Teatro al la Scala production of Moise e Pharoné with Roberto Bolle, featured performer with Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna & Aretha Franklin in Countless commercials and films such as Oscar Winning Hit Chicago, Taymor's Across The Universe, Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi One Last Dance and Charles Randolph Wright Preaching to the choir. Richardson recently hosted the fifth anniversary special of Larry Rosen’s “Jazz Roots” held in Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center and performed with vocal master Mr. Bobby Mcferrin.
James Kinney- James has been performing professionally since the age of 15. He grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and began his classical training with The Florida Ballet, later melding his training into Jazz and Musical Theater. His Broadway credits include: Fosse, Dance of Death, Barry Manilow’s Harmony and the most recent revival of Sweet Charity, starring Christina Applegate, where he also served as the production’s Assistant Dance Captain. He continued preserving the “Fosse style” when he became the Dance Captain for choreographer Wayne Cilento’s First National Tour of Sweet Charity, starring Molly Ringwald.
Film and Television appearances include: "The Producers," "The Dave Chappell Show," PBS’ "Dance in America," "Fosse," "Good Morning America" and "The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade." Tours and regional productions include: Oklahoma!, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Cabaret, West Side Story, 42nd Street, Phantom, and the legendary Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, at The White House and has danced alongside Liza Minnelli for “Rosie Live" on NBC.
James' innovative Choreography work began taking the stage in such productions as the Jekyll and Hyde European Premier, La Cage Aux Folles, Chance and Chemistry, Nothing Like a Dame and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. James began to focus in on the art of choreography, and found himself conceiving and creating an original new dance work for DANCE TRACKS NYC, set  to Stephen Sondheim’s “Another Hundred People”, and premiering at Lincoln Center. The piece would evolve into a three-part suite, named "March" which debuted at The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and was commissioned by the renowned New Jersey Ballet to be a part of their 50th Anniversary season.
In continuing his choreographic accomplishments, James, alongside Broadway legend Donna McKechnie, created the dynamic movement for The Hollywood Bowl's Guys and Dolls, starring Jessica Biel. The duo would also work to choreograph a new musical; Cross That River. Further musical theatre choreographic credits include: "I Do, I Do!" at the Old Globe, Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers, West Side Story, White Christmas, Crazy for You, as well as countless other productions around the U.S. In addition to choreography, James acted as Artistic Director and resident choreographer for the Broadway Dreams Foundation, and continues to teach at New York City's premier dance studios, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Perridance.
MARCH: a 3 piece movement originally presented at Lincoln Center, and commissioned by New Jersey Ballet. (broken into three links, ALL STRONG, ALL VARIED, YET COHESIVE STYLES)
Josh Walden has choreographed for The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, The Glimmerglass Festival, DR2 Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Theatreworks USA, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Gateway Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Riverside Theatre in FL, D.A.R.E., Tisch School of the Arts, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre and Morag Productions for the Seabourn Sun Cruise Ship.  On Broadway, he was the Associate Director/Associate Choreographer for the Revival of Ragtime, nominated for 2 Tony Awards for Best Direction and Best Revival of a Musical.  Josh had the opportunity to direct/choreograph his first musical, Fallen Angel, in the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival which won Best Musical.  He most recently directed/choreographed his second production of A Chorus Line down at Theatre Memphis, the oldest community theatre in the country.  His dance company, Walden Dance Theatre, had it’s first dance musical, All Is Love, produced at the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival receiving an honorable mention for Direction/Choreography.   Josh's film company, Walza Productions, had it’s first film, I Love You, Anna, accepted into the New York City Independent Film Festival and the Big Apple Film Festival.  As a performer, he was in the Broadway Revivals of 42nd St, La Cage aux Folles, A Chorus Line and Ragtime.  Coming up, Josh will direct/choreograph Legally Blonde for Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Rocky Horror Show for the University of Buffalo and A Chorus Line for Maltz Jupiter Theatre down in Florida.
Kristine Bendul was inspired to journey down the path of choreographer while she was the assistant choreographer and partner consultant for Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” on Broadway. For BC/EFA’s 28th Annual Easter Bonnet she conceived, directed and choreographed Cinderella’s performance of A Future Without.

This year, Kristine was the choreographer on the immersive one night event of For Madmen Only. Immediately afterwards, she choreographed the music video Somebody Loves You for the Jodi McQueen project.

She has had the privilege to present her work for Luigi... A Benefit-Tribute Concert at Symphony Space, industry presentations of Question 1 directed by Fun Home producer Kimberly Eaton and The Art Of The Hustle directed by Jonathan Cerullo, Broadway Barkada’s Lumipad, Broadway Bares Fire Island, BC Beat, and The Full McNally: A Celebration of the Writing & Works of Terrence McNally.

Her choreography was presented in hustle’s largest annual event, the International Hustle & Salsa Congress in Miami 2015 in which she also competed and took 1st Place in the ProCabaret division.

Kristine has even crossed over to work with Ballet Hispanico as assistant to Carlos Sierra Lopez for the 2008 world premiere of “Destino Incierto (Carmen Trio)” which was presented at the Joyce.

Look for her upcoming work in the short film Balikbayan, and Broadway Bares Fire Island 2016.

www.kristinebendul.com
MARK STUART- Lauded by the Chicago Sun Times as "brilliant... steel-cut perfection," Mark Stuart has been named a rising star of the entertainment world by The Times Square Chronicle. As Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Mark Stuart Dance Theatre, Stuart's powerfully elegant choreography has revolutionized story-telling with intense gravity-defying partnering. His choreography and performances have been featured in films, commercials, music videos, on Broadway, at Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center..
Stuart most recently served as Choreographer on the Diesel: Fuel for Life television ad campaign. He currently appears in a Revlon commercial with Olivia Wilde, was recently featured in an exclusive performance for Madonna, and served as Assistant Choreographer for the world-premiere Broadway musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Stuart is the recipient of 2011 BroadwayWorld Award for Choreography for The Wiz, hailed as "a work of art."
A two-time Joseph Jefferson Award winner for Choreography (Swing!, The All Night Strut), Mark is also an LA Ovation Award nominee for Featured Actor in a Musical (Swing!). Choreography credits include Broadway: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Chance and Chemistry, Broadway Bares XXI, Gypsy of the Year. Regional: Lincoln Center Spring Gala, Babalu, Erotic Broadway, The Wiz, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Life Could Be A Dream, among others. Performance credits include Cats, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Swing!, and Miss Saigon. While film credits are as diverse as Idlewild, Bolden, and The Great Observer, Mark Stuart has also appeared in and choreographed several music videos. A two- time American Lindy Hop Champion, Stuart has enjoyed international celebrity for his role in Swing!, appearing in numerous TV specials and concerts worldwide.

Mark Stuart Dance- Dubbed “smoldering” by the New York Times, Mark Stuart Dance Theatre brings gravity-defying movement and dramatic storytelling to the stage, screen, and printed page. Under the artistic direction of award-winning choreographer Mark Stuart, Mark Stuart Dance Theatre expresses the physical and emotional rawness of human relationships through a bold and explosive blend of dance movement. Mark Stuart Dance Theatre’s “stunningly beautiful” work has been featured in films, commercials, music videos, on Broadway, at International Dance Festival Jacob’s Pillow, and in an exclusive performance for Madonna. The company brings together a stunning array of dance styles and backgrounds, featuring an all-star cast of Broadway gypsies from Movin' Out, Memphis, Wicked, Come Fly Away, Lion King, In The Heights, Spiderman, Billy Elliott, Promises Promises, and former members of legendary dance companies Parsons Dance, Momix, Hubbard Street, and Pilobolus.
Currently STANDARD TIME is coming to the Duke Theatre. He is also assisting Andy Blankenbuehler's for BANDSTAND at Papermill.
Choreography Reels:
Mitchel Federan- is an accomplished teacher, choreographer, dancer, actor & singer. He has studied in a multitude of different genres including Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, and Acrobatics. His theatrical credits include the National Tour of Annie Get Your Gun, The Music Man on Broadway, and The Boy From Oz on Broadway, which he starred in opposite Hugh Jackman. During his time on Broadway, Mitchel also racked in various television credits like a role on ABC's All My Children, an appearance on 8 Simple Rules, both The Macy's Day Parade and Good Morning America for the Boy From Oz, and two pilots for ABC's Just A Phase. Mitchel was nominated for two "Outstanding Featured Actor In A Musical" awards and won a Theatre World Award for "Best Broadway Debut". Since then, Mitchel has won many choreography awards for his work along with many high scores at competitions both regionally and nationally. In 2009, Mitchel also created his own dance company, Versatile Dance Company, to give dancers a new level of education and training in Ohio. This dance company is non-profit, and through Mitchel's choreography in all different styles, they put on shows to benefit charities that are close to their hearts. VDC has raised over $48,000 between their first three productions, all under the artistic direction of Mr. Federan. Currently, you can find Mitchel touring the country as a master teacher for Hollywood Connection Dance Convention. Visit his website at www.MitchelFederan.com
Nathan Madden works in many different arenas as a choreographer and continues to challenge himself with various companies, festivals, and projects. He has set and created work on the cast of "CHICAGO",Les Ballet Jazz De Montreal, Ice Theater of New York, members of the Juilliard School's dance and drama programs, as well as both Houston and Atlanta Ballet Academies. He has worked on numerous musicals around the country and Assisted Gemsy De Lappe and Michelle Linch at The MUNY for several seasons. He was Awarded the “Héctor Zaraspe Prize” given to a Juilliard graduate who shows exemplary talent in choreography, placed in both the "ACE awards" and "The National Society of Arts and Letters" competitions, and won the Audience choice award for the Reverb Festival 2014. He is passionate about outreach work and teaches around the world. "So grateful to be continuing to grow from Glory to Glory!" Romans 8:37-39 www.nathanmadden.com
Sharna Burgess- Australian. At age 15, Sharna was chosen to represent Australia at the World Championships in both the Standard and Latin styles, and performed in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony. Sharna moved to London where she collected numerous titles and appeared in a UK tour with the show, Simply Ballroom. Post Simply Ballroom, choreographer Jason Gilkison gave her a spot on tour with Burn The Floor. She was in the cast for 6 years. The show appeared on Broadway. Sharna's first television appearances were on the Australian Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance Holland aka So You Think You Can Dance (Belgium and the Netherlands). Sharna joined the cast of Dancing with the stars season 13 as a troupe member. While on the troupe she also assisted So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Jason Gilkison on both the Australian and American versions of the show. She remained on the troupe until the end of season 15. For season 16 Sharna was bumped to regular pro and was partnered with Andy Dick, and season 17 with Keyshawne Johnson.
Shea Sullivan – Recently Shea was a recipient of a Drama Desk and Off Broadway Alliance Nomination for the Off-Broadway Musical Pageant which she produced and choreographed. Shea was also awarded a prestigious Callaway Nomination for her choreography of Pageant and is a two time Carbonell winner. Film, TV and Theatre credits include: Off-Broadway : PAGEANT!  For Cape Playhouse : Drowsy Chaperone, Sweet Charity , Legally Blonde, Crazy For You;  Kiss Me Kate . For Maltz Jupiter Theatre: Music Man (Carbonell Award), Crazy For You (Carbonell Award). Pan Am (ABC), Southern Comfort (Cap 21, Barrington Stage), Christmas Carol ( Fords Theater) Grease (Surflight), Ragtime (Lyric Theatre), Easter Bonnet 2011 Opening Number (Minskoff Theatre), Fingers and Toes (Urban Stages), Dames at Sea (Bay Street Theatre), Pageant: The Musical (Stoneham Theatre, Lyric Theater), DanceBreak '08. Feature film: The Big Gay Musical, Go Go Crazy.  And over 18 original numbers for BC/EFA. Upcoming : Will Rogers Follies (Maltz Jupiter). Proud member of SDC. www.SheaSullivan.com. 
 
Sidney Erik Wright-(choreographer/ director) recent work includes choreographing Magic Trick on Theatre Row (Caps Lock Theatre Co.), Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty at NYMF, the ‘Sits Probe’ strip for Broadway Bares 25: Top Bottoms of Burlesque, Dos Equis’ Luna Rising immersive nightlife tour, and directing/choreographing Until She Claws Her Way Out for the 35th Annual EST Marathon. 

Based in NYC with a focus on new work, Sidney has directed/choreographed projects with EST, The Brick, The West Village Musical Theater Festival, and TinyRhino.  He's directed plays at The Gallery Players, The Dirty Blondes, TinyRhino, The Survivalists, The Rule of 7x7, and Grex Group Theatre and choreographed shows at Musical Theatre Factory, 54 Below, the Midtown International Fringe Festival, the Planet Connections Festivity, Ars Nova, The Producer’s Club, and the Marjorie Dean Little Theater.  He's also presented original dance pieces through The Choreographer's Canvas, Band of Gypsies, and The New York Jazz Choreographer's Project.  Non-theatrical choreography includes music videos, photoshoots, short films, movement consulting for a tv pilot about male strippers, and a danced runway show for Couture Fashion Week.  He has assistant directed 7 editions of Broadway Bares with BCEFA.

Regionally, Sidney was the SDC Observer to artistic director Susan Booth on the world premiere of Stephen King and John Mellencamp's Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (Alliance Theater).  Other regional choreography credits include Camelot (John W. Engeman Theatre), Shrek (Stephen Sondheim Center), and Hair (Woodstock, dir/choreo).  His work was featured on Seasons 5 and 7 of the DanceMedia reality webseries Dance(212). Favorite performing credits include the original cast of Disney's Finding Nemo: The Musical, the national tour of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and two seasons playing Kyle Leary on the webseries In Between Men. Sidney has performed in shows at the Arvada Center, Casa Manana, Maltz-Jupiter Theatre, Fulton Opera House, North Carolina Theater, and the American Repertory Theater. He is a member of SDC, the stage director and choreographer's union.  BA English Literature, Harvard University.  For more information, visit www.sidneyerik.com
Will Taylor- Choreographer:  Drama Desk-nominated NY premiere of RESTORATION COMEDY (The Flea Theater), world premiere of DANI GIRL (Exit, Pursued By A Bear - NYC), world premiere of THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE (Denver Center Theater), A CHORUS LINE (also directed, Timber Lake Playhouse - Chicago area), OKLAHOMA! (Timber Lake Playhouse), GUYS AND DOLLS (Timber Lake Playhouse), edWARd2 (Dublin, Ireland), HOPELESS ROMANTIC COMEDY (also directed, The People’s Improv Theater NYC), HEATHCLIFF’S BACK (also directed, Don't Tell Mama NYC), HEATHCLIFF AND WANDA CHRISTMAS TELETHON SPECTACULAR (also directed, Don’t Tell Mama NYC).   RUTHLESS! (also directed, Carnegie Mellon), KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN (also directed, Carnegie Mellon). 
An accomplished Broadway performer, Will starred as Bobby in the hit revival of A CHORUS LINE, and was featured in the Broadway casts of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, THE PRODUCERS, and 42ND STREET.  Will has danced on  "Dancing With The Stars" (ABC),  "The Tony Awards" (CBS),   "Today Show" (NBC),  Rosie O'Donnell's "Rosie Live" (NBC), "The Rosie Show" (OWN), and two PBS specials with Kristin Chenoweth.   Will is a member of the artist collective at NYC’s cutting edge theater company, Exit, Pursued By A Bear and is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.  www.willtaylorsite.com