HAIR 'Lets the Sun Shine In on Broadway', Previews Begin March 6, 2009
Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater, presnets HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Newcomers to the cast include Gavin Creel, Caissie Levy and Sasha Allen, who join the rest of the tribe, who are reprising their roles from Central Park last summer.
HAIR begins preview performances on Friday, March 6 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street, NYC) with an Opening Night set for Tuesday, March 31, 2009.
The full cast of HAIR includes Sasha Allen (Dionne, White Boys Trio), Ato Blankson-Wood (Tribe), Steel Burkhardt (Electric Blues Quartet, Tribe), Jackie Burns (Black Boys Trio, Tribe), Allison Case (Crissy), Gavin Creel (Claude), Lauren Elder (Tribe), Allison Guinn (Tribe), Anthony Hollock (Tribe), Kaitlin Kiyan (Black Boys Trio, Tribe), Andrew Kober (Margaret Mead, Dad, Tribe), Megan Lawrence (Mother), Caissie Levy (Sheila), Nicole Lewis (White Boys Trio, Tribe), John Moauro (Tribe), Darius Nichols (Hud), Brandon Pearson (Tribe), Paris Remillard (Tribe), Megan Reinking (Black Boys Trio, Tribe), Bryce Ryness (Woof), Saycon Sengbloh (Abraham Lincoln, White Boys Trio, Tribe), Maya Sharpe (Tribe), Kacie Sheik (Jeanie, Tribe), Theo Stockman (Hubert, Tribe), Will Swenson (Berger) and Tommar Wilson (Tribe). Also part of the cast will be Briana Carlson-Goodman (Swing), Chasten Harmon (Swing), Jay Armstrong Johnson (u/s Claude), Josh Lamon (Swing), Ryan Link (u/s Berger) and Michael James Scott (Swing).
After a smash-hit run at Central Park‘s Delacorte Theater last summer, HAIR returns to Broadway for the first time in over 30 years. The story of a group of young Americans searching for love and peace during the Vietnam era, HAIR is a timeless portrait of a movement that changed the world. Its groundbreaking rock score paved the way for some of the greatest musicals of our time. Now, the "Age of Aquarius" dawns again in this jubilant new production directed by Diane Paulus, with choreography by Karole Armitage. HAIR features a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, and music by Galt MacDermot.
As previously announced, Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel have joined forces with The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) - as co-lead producers - along with Elizabeth I. McCann, to present the upcoming Broadway production. The full producing entity will be announced shortly.
Tickets for HAIR (starting at $37.00) are available via Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday - Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 & 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 & 7:30 p.m.
Sasha Allen (Dionne, White Boys Trio) is one of the most sought after vocalists in the music industry today. With her roots beginning in theater, she sings for world tours, platinum albums, and Grammy Award winning artists like Leona Lewis, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Usher, John Legend, and Babyface. She is featured on Christina Aguilera's "Back To Basics" DVD, John Legend's "Once Again," Babyface's "Playlist," starred in the cult film, CAMP and is releasing her solo album.
Ato Blankson-Wood (Tribe) is so thrilled to be making his Broadway debut and walking in space with this amazing group of people!!! Off-Broadway - Hair. B.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts - CAP21 and The Experimental Theater Wing. Thanks to his family and friends for their undying support. Dwen Hwe Kan. LOVE.
Steel Burkhardt (Electric Blues Quartet, Tribe) This is Steel's Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Hair (The Public Theater). Regional: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Spitfire Grill, Kiss Me Kate. Graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College. AEA.
Jackie Burns (Black Boys Trio, Tribe) This is Jackie's Broadway debut! NY credits: Rock of Ages, Hair (Public), Unlock'd (NYMF) Regional: A Grand Night for Singing (CT Critics Award), Full Monty (Estelle), Singing in the Rain (Kathy Seldon), Joseph (Narrator), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), Mystery of Edwin Drood (Helena Landless), Candide (Paquette), various Smokey Joe's (Shimmy girl and Pattie). She has also worked for Disney and Norwegian cruise lines.
Allison Case (Crissy) is so thankful to be part of this amazing tribe! Allison comes directly from Mamma Mia! where she made her Broadway debut as Sophie. Off-Broadway: Crissy in the 40th Anniv. concert and production of Hair. Other credits: Nemo in Finding Nemo: the Musical (original cast). BA in Drama from UC Irvine and graduate of South Coast Repertory's Professional Conservatory. LOVE!
Gavin Creel (Claude) DEBUT ALBUM: GoodTimeNation. WEST END: Mary Poppins (Bert) BROADWAY: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy, TONY® Nomination), La Cage Aux Folles (Jean-Michel). OFF BROADWAY: Bat Boy, Encores! Hair, The Mystery Plays (2nd Stage). REGIONAL: Bounce (World Premiere), Honk (American Premiere) TV: Eloise At The Plaza & Eloise at Christmastime (Bill). RECORDINGS: ...Millie, Bounce, Bright Lights Big City, It's Only Life, Hair (Actors Fund), Fine and Dandy, Fame. SCHOOL: University of Michigan. SIGN: Aries. MISSION: Marriage equality.
Lauren Elder (Tribe) feels so excited to make her Broadway debut as a hippie! She also appeared in Hair in Central Park and the 40th Anniversary concert. Recently, Lauren has sung at many NYC clubs, including Jazz at Lincoln Center and performed with The Honeybuns, a 1940s-style trio. She studied musical theatre at Circle in the Square Theatre School.
Allison Guinn (Tribe) is making her Broadway debut! New York credits include Williamsburg! The Musical (2007 Fringe Festival NYC), Urinetown as well as Victor/Victoria with The Gallery Players of Brooklyn, and Red Hot Mama: Hard Rock Comedy of New York City. Holding a B.A. in Theatre from East Tennessee State University, and Circle in the Square Theatre School's Professional Program, Allison is also a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. She believes in the human spirit and its resilience. www.allisonguinn.com
Anthony Hollock (Tribe) is enraptured to be making his Broadway debut with Hair! He is a cofounder of MGC Productions, an LGBT based company promoting human equality. He obtained a B.A. in Musical Theatre from Point Park University in spring 2006. Find him on YouTube as DivineMink or www.anthonyhollock.com.
Kaitlin Kiyan (Black Boys Trio, Tribe) is proud to be making her Broadway debut in Hair! Kaitlin made her professional debut in Hair in the summer of 2007- Delacorte Theater/Central Park. She moved to New York from Hawai'i to attend LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts (Graduate 2008). The best times of her life have been spent with this cast and crew and she is overjoyed to be a part of this loving tribe! LOVE!
Andrew Kober (Margaret Mead, Dad, Tribe)is making his Broadway debut reprising his role from last summer's Shakespeare in the Park production of Hair. Other credits include the First National Tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Full Monty at Westchester Broadway Theatre, and his one-man show, Koberet. BFA Acting from Carnegie Mellon University. www.andrewkober.com
Megan Lawrence (Mother) Broadway: Pajama Game (Gladys) Tony Nomination Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama League Nomination, Urinetown Original Company (Little Becky/Little Sally), Les Misérables (Eponine). Public Theater NY Shakespeare Festival: Two Gentleman of Verona (Lucetta), Hair (Mother). Off-Broadway/Regional: Damn Yankees (Gloria Thorpe) Encore Series, Flora The Red Menace (Charlotte) L.A. Ovation Nomination, Urinetown (Little Becky), Cabaret (Sally) and Company (Marta) Signature Theatre. Two-time Helen Hayes Award Nominee. Helen Hayes Award Winner for Into the Woods (Little Red). National tour: Grease! (Frenchy). TV: "One Life to Live" (Joyce).
Caissie Levy (Sheila) most recently starred as Elphaba in the Los Angeles production of Wicked, a role she also performed on Broadway. Other highlights include Penny Pingleton in the Broadway and 1st national touring companies of Hairspray, Maureen in the national tour of Rent, and Willis in the New York premier of The Yellow Wood. She recently performed a solo concert for the US Military Academy at West Point. MDJRD www.caissielevy.com
Nicole Lewis (White Boys Trio, Tribe) Broadway: Lennon, Rent (Joanne). Off-Broadway/Regional: Happiness (Lincoln Center Theater workshop); Hair (Delacorte Theater); Boy Gets Girl (MTC); The Me Nobody Knows (NYC workshop); Constant Star (Hartford Stage); The Tempest (Williamstown, Act I Co.); The Threepenny Opera (with Bebe Neuwirth) & Tartuffe (A.C.T., San Francisco), The Wiz, Once on This Island, Children of Eden. TV/Film: "Law & Order: SVU", "Naked Brothers Band", and the title role in London Betty. B.A., Yale University; M.F.A., A.C.T. San Francisco.
John Moauro (Tribe) This is John's Broadway debut. He started this journey with Hair in the 2007 concert version and then in last summer's Shakespeare in the Park cast. Regional and favorite credits include: Honk! (Ugly), Into the Woods (Jack), Hair (Claude), Jesus Christ Superstar, Dames at Sea, and WSS. BFA, Kent State University. Proud member of Equity. Love!
Darius Nichols (Hud) Broadway: South Pacific - Original Revival Cast (ensemble), 110 in the Shade - Original Revival Cast (Jimmy u/s). Off-Broadway: Zanna, Don't! - Original Cast (Buck); Junie B. Jones - Original Cast (Sheldon). National tours: Fame the Musical (Goody). Regional: Jesus Christ Superstar starring Billy Porter (Peter), Five Guys Named Moe (NoMax), Smokey Joe's Café (Ken), Disney's Aida (ensemble). Proud member of Actors Equity and THE UNITED STATES OF LOVE!
Brandon Pearson (Tribe) This is Brandon's Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Hair (NYSF), Tours/Regional: Rent, Hair, Once on this Island, Joseph and the Amazing..., Miss Evers' Boys. Film: The Darker Side of Romance.
Megan Reinking (Black Boys Trio, Tribe) is a Taurus, born with the moon in the second house. Broadway: Lestat, Dracula, Bye Bye Birdie (Encores!). New York: Hair (Shakespeare in the Park), The Children (NYMF), Green Eyes (Joe's Pub), My Swan (The Culture Project). Regional: Lestat (Curran Theatre), Footloose (Ariel Moore, Marriot Lincolnshire, Music Circus), The Three Musketeers (Constance, Chicago Shakespeare Theater). B.F.A. Musical Theatre, University of Michigan. AEA.
Paris Remillard (Tribe) This is Paris's Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Hair, The Public Theater; Regional: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lysander), The Shakespeare Theatre; Anthony and Cleopatra (Eros), The Guthrie Theater; Hair (Tribe) 5th Avenue Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing(Claudio); Hamlet (Guildenstern); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph); Forever Plaid (Frankie); My Fair Lady (Freddy); Comedy Sports. Film/TV: Good Morning Baby, "CSI: Miami."
Bryce Ryness (Woof) Broadway: Legally Blonde (Aaron, u/s Emmett). Off-Broadway: Hair (Public), Crossing Brooklyn (Transport Group). Regional: L.A. premiere of Floyd Collins (Ovation nom.). Tour: Rent (Roger). Bryce fronts the rock band RYNESS: www.myspace.com/RYNESSband.
Saycon Sengbloh (Abraham Lincoln, White Boys Trio, Tribe) Broadway: Wicked, The Color Purple, Aida. National Tours: Aida, Rent. Regional: Hair (Public Theatre), Dinah Was (Alliance Theatre), Soweto! Soweto! (YEA), I Know I've Been Changed (Tyler Perry). Film: American Gangster, Across the Universe. TV: Ditchdigger's Daughters, Funny Valentines, "Conviction", Prince of Motor City (pilot). Also commercials and voiceover. Featured vocalist on various recordings. Saycon's album, Southern Pin-Up is available for download on CDbaby.com. Visit www.myspace.com/saycon.
Maya Sharpe (Tribe) This is Maya's Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Hair (Public Theatre) International tours: Hair (Shelia U/S) Regional: Children of Eden (Eve), Runaways (Mocha) Readings: Last Goodbye (Juliet). Mère et mon père. We must forgive others as much as we forgive ourselves.
Kacie Sheik (Jeanie, Tribe) This is Kacie's Broadway debut! Kacie first saw Hair in 1990 when it was performed on an episode of "Head of the Class." NY: Hair (Jeanie) Shakespeare in the Park. Las Vegas: We Will Rock You (Scaramouche). Film: Julie and Julia. Kacie is a singer/songwriter and a Scorpio. LOVE.
Theo Stockman (Tribe) This is Theo's Broadway debut! Off-broadway: Hair (Public Theatre). NYC: Disney's Peter and the Starcatchers (Roger Rees & Alex Timbers, dirs.), Claude in Theatre Mitu's Hair at the Skirball Center, The Bacchae (Best Actor, 2007 International Theatre Festival in Poland), work at La MaMa E.T.C. and P.S. 122. Regional: The Fairy Garden (Williamstown). Training: NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, British American Drama Academy (London). TV: "Cupid," "30 Rock."
Will Swenson (Berger) has been in a bunch of shows, and feels that it is important to be good to people. He is thrilled to have the same green eyes as his Mom Sally, who called everything glorious! Will thinks anyone should be able to get married if they want to. He believes in the results of transcendental meditation, and prefers breathing to suffocating. Virtue is bold and goodness never fearful. Scorpio, of course.
Tommar Wilson (Tribe) Broadway: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Music Man, Hairspray, Never Gonna Dance, Lestat, and national tours of Mamma Mia!, and Ragtime. He's also been honored to perform with The Alliance Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, Trinity Rep., Playwrights Horizons, Papermill Playhouse, the MUNY and The Vineyard Theater among others. Also an aspiring writer and director. Graduate of The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. www.tommarwilson.comBriana Carlson-Goodman (Swing) is overjoyed to be making her Broadway debut in this amazing production of Hair! Credits include: Wanda's World (Off-Broadway), Go Diego, Go Live! (National Tour), Calvin Berger (Gloucester Stage), and Moontides, with dance/theatre company The Movement Workshop Group. BFA, Emerson College. Unending gratitude and love to her family and JNF.
Jay Armstrong Johnson (u/s Claude) Broadway debut! Nat'l tours: A Chorus Line (Mark). Regional: Hairspray (Link), A Chorus Line (Mark), Godspell (Jeffrey), and West Side Story (Baby John). NYU Steinhardt: Floyd Collins (Floyd), King David (David), 110 in the Shade (Jimmy), Urinetown (Hot Blades Harry). Love and thanks to The Mine, Jacob, family, and friends! Dreams do come true!
Josh Lamon (Swing) Broadway debut! Favorite roles: Wicked (‘Boq'/1st Nat. Tour), Little Shop of Horrors (‘Seymour' opposite Christiane Noll), A Year W/Frog & Toad (‘Snail'/Barrymore Award), Godspell (Walnut St/Casa Manana) & Barrymore nom's for Batboy & Sweeny Todd. LOVE to Diane Paulus, the tribe, my family & friends. In loving memory of Jorge.
Ryan Link (u/s Berger) is all about the Tribal Love-Rock! Broadway: Rent (Roger). Nat'l tour: Aida (Radames s/b). Regional: Berger in Hair (Barrington Stage), Jesus in J.C. Superstar (K.C. Starlight), Hair Tribe (Houston TUTS). Recordings: Kill The Camera (2007), "One Song Glory + Remixes" (2005), Miss Fortune (2000), Salamander "Catalyst" -- all on iTunes. Love and thanks to the believers: my family, Raye, Sullivan Talent, and Matthew Corozine Studio! Member Actors' Equity since 2002.
Michael James Scott (Swing) Broadway: All Shook Up, Mamma Mia, Tarzan, The Pirate Queen. Off-Broadway: Here's to the Public!, New York: Jerry Springer the Opera at Carnegie Hall. National/Int Tours: Fosse (Stanby for Ben Vereen), Mamma Mia (first natl). Special Engagement: Jersey Boys Las Vegas. Regional: Ragtime, Aida, Cinderella, South Pacific. Featured vocalist on various recordings. B.F.A. Webster Conservatory. Proud AEA member. Love to my Family and my BOOs. www.MichaelJamesScott.com
Briana Carlson-Goodman (Swing) is overjoyed to be making her Broadway debut in this amazing production of Hair! Credits include: Wanda's World (Off-Broadway), Go Diego, Go Live! (National Tour), Calvin Berger (Gloucester Stage), and Moontides, with dance/theatre company The Movement Workshop Group. BFA, Emerson College. Unending gratitude and love to her family and JNF.
James Rado (Co-Creator) Born in Venice Beach, California, raised in Rochester, NY and Washington, D.C. Studied acting with Paula and Lee Strasberg and appeared on Broadway as Richard the Lionhearted in The Lion in Winter starring Robert Preston, Rosemary Harris and Christopher Walken. With Gerome Ragni created Hair, co-authoring the Book and Lyrics, the latter of which were set to music by Galt MacDermot. (James played Claude on Broadway and in Los Angeles). Featured in Agnes Varda's film Lions Love with Gerome and Viva, Andy Warhol's superstar. Wrote Music and Lyrics of the Off-Broadway Rainbow (1972), co-authoring the book with brother Ted Rado. In 1974, teamed up once more with Gerome Ragni to write the comedic/Orwellian show Sun: Audio Movie, 1980s (Music by Steve Margoshes). And another version of it, The Second Sun, or Suntu (Music by Galt MacDermot). Directed American actors in European bus and truck tours of Hair during the late '90s. New work: Music and Lyrics of American Soldier, the White Haunted House, and the Book co-authored with his brother, Theodore Radomski. Much love and gratitude to the Tribe and the extended Tribe. With deep thanks to Joe Papp, Bernie Gersten, Gerald Friedman, Anna Sokolow, Michael Butler, Tom O'Horgan, Julie Arenal, Oskar Eustis, Diane Paulus, Karole Armitage and Biff Liff...and all the creative artists who have brought Hair to life.
Gerome Ragni (Co-Creator) Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, from a large family of five sisters and three brothers. After a stint in the Air Force, as a young actor, he won the Barter Theater Award. He appeared on Broadway in the John Gielgud/Richard Burton Hamlet, starred in The Knack Off-Broadway, studied acting and new experimental theatre techniques with Nola Chilton and Joseph Chaikin and the Open Theater. An unusual stage presence, he created the role of Berger in Hair. Movie: Lions Love. Wrote the Broadway show Dude with music by Galt MacDermot. Co-authored the yet-to-be-seen Sun. He was a prolific writer, the originator of "napkin art," a most interesting painter and a body sculptor. His son, Erick, is an innovative architect.
Galt MacDermot (Music) is best known for the music he wrote for Hair and his Tony Award-winning score for Two Gentlemen of Verona. His work spans the gamut of performing arts: musicals, ballet scores, film scores, chamber music, religious works, poetry, drama accompaniments and band repertory. He draws inspiration from a wealth of musical styles, crossing the boundaries of jazz, folk, gospel, reggae, classical styles and rap. MacDermot formed the New Pulse Jazz Band in 1979, which features his original music played by some of the world's best musicians. www.galtmacdermot.com.
Diane Paulus (Director) is creator and director of The Donkey Show, which ran for six years Off-Broadway and toured internationally. Theatre credits include Kiss Me, Kate (Glimmerglass); Lost Highway (ENO and Young Vic, London); Another Country (Riverside Church); Turandot: Rumble for the Ring (Bay Street Theatre); The Golden Mickeys (Disney Creative Entertainment); Best of Both Worlds (Music-Theatre Group and The Women's Project); the Obie-winning Eli's Comin' and Brutal Imagination (Vineyard Theatre); the Pulitzer Prize finalist Running Man and Swimming with Watermelons (MTG and Project 400.) Opera credits: Monteverdi's Orfeo (BAM), Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, The Turn of the Screw, L'incoronazione di Poppea and Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (Chicago Opera Theater). Education: Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with a B.A. in Social Studies, M.F.A. in Directing from Columbia University. Recipient: Peter Ivers Visiting Artist Fellowship (Harvard); Directing Fellowship (The Drama League). Recently appointed the Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA.
Scott Pask (Scenic Design) Scott designed the acclaimed revival of Hair for the NYSF Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, and Take Me Out (also Broadway, London) for the Public Theater. His Broadway credits include: Speed the Plow, Pal Joey, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Tony nom., Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle nom., Hewes nom.), November, Cry Baby The Musical, The Ritz, The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, Hewes Awa rd), The Vertical Hour, The Pillowman (Tony Award, OCC nom.),The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, The Wedding Singer (DD nom.), Kiki and Herb: Alive on Broadway, Take Me Out (Also London, NYSF. DD nom.), Nine (OCC nom.), Sweet Charity (2005, DD nom.), La Cage aux Folles, Little Shop of Horrors, Amour (DD nom.), Urinetown (Lortel nom.). Selected Off Broadwaycredits: Blackbird (MTC) DD nom. Lortel nom.)), Bash. London: LoveSong (West End), On an Average Day (West End), Tales From Hollywood (Donmar), National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Opera North. 2001 Bessie Award. Peter Grimes (Metropolitan Opera, 2008) With Diane Paulus: The Donkey Show, Turandot: Rumble for the Ring, Così fan tutte, Orfeo.
Michael McDonald (Costume Design) The Public: Hair 40th Anniversary concert. Broadway: Associate Costume Designer for The Goat, Take Me Out, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Blood Brothers. Off-Broadway: Tartuffe (Tribeca Playhouse), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Lincoln Center), Measure for Measure (Expanded Arts). Regional includes Seattle Rep., St. Louis Rep., Hartford TheaterWorks, Chatham Playhouse, Zachary Scott Theatre Center (Dirty Blonde, Omnium Gatherum, Crowns).
Kevin Adams (Lighting Design) received a Tony Award for lighting The 39 Steps. He has designed the pop/rock events Spring Awakening (Tony Award), Passing Strange, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Next to Normal, Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs; solo shows by John Leguizamo, Eve Ensler, Eric Bogosian, Anna Deveare Smith; premieres by Edward Albee, Christopher Durang, Neil Simon, Terrence McNally, Paula Vogel, Charles Mee Jr., Richard Greenberg, Osvaldo Golijov.
Acme Sound Partners (Sound Design) The Public: Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Mother Courage and Her Children, Macbeth, See What I Wanna See, Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Biro, Henry V, Twelfth Night, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, The Seagull, Measure for Measure. Recent Broadway: The Country Girl, In The Heights, Legally Blonde, High Fidelity, A Chorus Line, Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Drowsy Chaperone, Hot Feet, The Light in the Piazza, Monty Python's Spamalot, Avenue Q. For Shakespeare in the Park, partners Tom Clark, Mark Menard and Nevin Steinberg are joined by Sten Severson.
Karole Armitage (Choreographer) is director of the New York-based Armitage Gone! Dance Company, which performs annually in New York and tours worldwide. After dancing in George Balanchine's Geneva Ballet and with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, she developed her own style which embraces contemporary movement trends with classical ballet and modern dance. She served as director of the Ballet of Florence and the Venice Biennale of Contemporary Dance and has contributed to the repertoires of major dance companies throughout Europe and North America. Armitage also directs opera, has worked for pop stars Madonna and Michael Jackson and frequently collaborates with artists from other fields such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeff Koons, Christian Lacroix, Brice Marden, David Salle and African pop band Burkina Electrics.