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School of Theatre and Dance Welcomes Broadway Choreographer Joshua Bergasse

Joshua Bergasse

The James Madison University School of Theatre and Dance welcomes Emmy-winning and Tony-nominated choreographer Joshua Bergasse to JMU for a two-day residency on Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8, 2018. Bergasse’s residency includes workshops with dance, theatre and musical theatre students, as well as a final talk/question-and-answer session on November 8 from 5:15-6:15 pm in the Forbes Center Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre that is open to the public.

Bergasse is a New York-based choreographer as well as a master teacher. In addition to JMU, he has been a guest artist at New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, Indiana University, Shenandoah University, Kean University, Creighton University, and the University of California Satellite Program.

For film/television, Bergasse won the Emmy Award for his choreography on NBC’s musical drama, SMASH. He also choreographed multiple segments on So You Think You Can Dance and PBS’s Sinatra: Voice for a Century.

On Broadway, Bergasse choreographed the revival of On the Town, which opened to rave reviews. He received an Astaire Award and was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Awards. Also on Broadway, Bergasse choreographed the revival of Gigi, and most recently choreographed the Broadway debut of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Off-Broadway credits include Sweet Charity starring Sutton Foster; Cagney (Drama Desk, Astaire, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for choreography); The Bomb-Itty of Errors; Captain Louie. Bergasse’s other credits as a choreographer include West Side Story at the Stratford Festival; Little Me, and It’s a Bird...It’s a Plane...It’s Superman at City Center Encores!; The Pirates of Penzance at Barrington Stage Company; Guys and Dolls and The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall.

As a director/choreographer, Bergasse co-directed and choreographed the Bombshell on Broadway concert at the Minskoff Theatre. He directed and choreographed Hazel, a new musical at the Drury Lane Theatre, and West Side Story at the North Carolina Theatre.


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Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Last Updated: Thursday, January 23, 2020

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