Special Honoree

Jerry Mitchell

Jerry Mitchell

JERRY MITCHELL
Dance Humanitarian Award

JERRY MITCHELL(Director/Choreographer) is currently represented on Broadway as the Director/Choreographer of Pretty Woman, soon to open in Hamburg. As Director/Choreographer of Kinky Boots, which recently completed a six year run on Broadway, he received the TONY Award in recognition of his choreography for this 2013 TONY-Award winning Best Musical and was also nominated as Director. Most recently, he directed the Gloria Estefan Broadway bio-musical, On Your Feet, currently touring the U.S. and shortly to be seen in Amsterdam. He was also nominated for an Olivier Award for his choreography in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which he also directed and co-produced in the West End. In the 35 preceding years, Jerry has been involved with over 50 Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End and touring productions, starting as a dancer for Agnes De Mille in Brigadoon and thereafter assisting Michael Bennett and Jerome Robbins. His Broadway debut as Choreographer, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, was followed by The Full Monty (TONY nomination), The Rocky Horror ShowHairspray (TONY nomination), GypsyNever Gonna Dance (TONY nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (TONY nomination), La Cage Aux Folles (TONY Award), Imaginary FriendsLegally Blonde (TONY nomination), which he also directed, Catch Me If You Can and Kinky Boots(also in London, Toronto, Korea, Germany, Japan, Australia and on a U.S. tour.) Other notable credits include choreographing both the Off-Broadway productions and films of Hedwig & The Angry Inch and Jeffrey, the National Tour of Jekyll & Hyde and Paper Mill Playhouse’s acclaimed Follies and the recent Half Time and My Very Own British Invasion(both of which he also directed.) Film work includes In And Out, Scent Of A Woman, Drop Dead Gorgeous and Camp. For television, Jerry choreographed the NBC live production of HairsprayThe Rosie O’Donnell Show and The Drew Carey Show (EMMY nominationand ABC’s Geppetto and on camera, in Step It Up And Dance (as host), The Search for Elle Woods and Ice Loves Coco.  Most recently, Jerry received the Drama League’s Founders’ Award for Excellence in Directing and the George Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award from his peers, the latter being especially meaningful to him in that he was directed by the 96 year old Mr. Abbott in the Broadway revival of On Your Toes. Twenty-five years ago, Jerry conceived and created Broadway Bares, a comedy burlesque show performed annually for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He continues to serve as Executive Producer of Broadway Bares, with a book, website and satellite productions in Fire Island Pines, Las Vegas (Peepshow, which had a five-year run of continuous performances) and London (West End Bares).