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Christopher 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, which 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 Leìonide Massine Prize for new choreography. Mr. Wheeldon’s productions of Cinderella and The Winter’s Tale won 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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Christopher Wheeldon Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Choreography

Christopher Wheeldon, MJ The Musical

Drama League Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Direction of a Musical

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Choreography

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

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Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Choreography

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Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Direction of a Musical

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Olivier Awards - 2018 - Best Theatre Choreographer

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BroadwayWorld Awards - 2015 - Best Choreography

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Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Choreography

Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Olivier Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Achievement in Dance

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Choreography

Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris


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Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Choreography

Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Direction of a Musical

Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Olivier Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Achievement in Dance

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Choreography

Christopher Wheeldon, Sweet Smell of Success

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Christopher Wheeldon FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What awards has Christopher Wheeldon been nominated for?

Christopher Wheeldon has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of his nominations include Outstanding Choreography at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Direction of a Musical at the Drama League Awards, and Best Choreography at the Tony Awards for "MJ The Musical." He has also been nominated for Best Theatre Choreographer at the Olivier Awards and Outstanding Choreography at the BroadwayWorld Awards for "An American in Paris." Additionally, Wheeldon received nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Dance at the Olivier Awards for "Polyphonia" and Outstanding Choreography at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Sweet Smell of Success."

What awards has Christopher Wheeldon won?

Christopher Wheeldon has won several awards for his choreography and directing in Broadway shows. He won the Tony Award for Best Choreography for "MJ The Musical" and "An American in Paris." Additionally, he received the BroadwayWorld Award for Best Choreography for "An American in Paris," the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography for "An American in Paris," and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreography for "An American in Paris." Wheeldon also won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical for "An American in Paris."

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