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Patdro Harris

 
Bio:
Patdro Harris (Director/Broadway Choreographer/Writer) has combined his skills to become one of the most innovative and creative talents of our time. He is nationally and internationally recognized and respected by colleagues, critics, and fans. The Washington Post hails him as a "superb ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Patdro Harris (Director/Broadway Choreographer/Writer) has combined his skills to become one of the most innovative and creative talents of our time. He is nationally and internationally recognized and respected by colleagues, critics, and fans. The Washington Post hails him as a "superb ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Washington, DC (Regional), 2005]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 2004]
Choreographer

Patdro Harris Biography

Patdro Harris (Director/Broadway Choreographer/Writer) has combined his skills to become one of the most innovative and creative talents of our time. He is nationally and internationally recognized and respected by colleagues, critics, and fans. The Washington Post hails him as a "superb choreographer". The New York Times applauds his artistry as "praiseworthy". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution enthusiastically commends his work as "dynamic ... brilliant...solid season after season". And the Houston Chronicle says “...excellent and energizing direction and stunning choreography makes the show an absolute joy to experience.

He has directed at distinguished theaters such as The Alliance Theater, Sacramento Theatre Company, Round House Theater, Liberty Theater Cultural Center, San Diego Repertory Theater Company, Penumbra Theater, Tuskegee Repertory Theater, Ensemble Theater, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Theatrical Outfit, Connecticut Repertory Theater, The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the Ira Aldridge Theatre Howard University, the Storch Theatre Syracuse University and the Charles Winter Wood Theatre Florida A&M University. The University of Northern Colorado Norton Theatre

He also served as choreographer, artistic consultant, and movement director with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Kennedy Center, Studio Theatre D.C, City Theatre of Pittsburgh, Minneapolis Mixed Blood Theatre, Jomandi Productions, The National Black Theatre Festival, Guthrie Theater, The National Black Arts Festival, Portland Center Stage, and Broadway's Royal Theatre.

Patdro has traveled the world as choreographer and lead dancer for the incomparable Stevie Wonder. He has worked with such artists as The SOS Band, TC Carson, Daryl Coley, Yolanda Adams, and India Arie. His talents were also showcased as Choreographer and Movement Specialist in Toni Morrison's world premiere opera, Margaret Garner. He choreographed the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit A Raisin in the Sun starring Sean Combs and Phylicia Rashad.

Mr. Harris attended Alabama State University. In his current home of Atlanta, Georgia he has served on many arts committees including the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the Advisory Dance Panel for the Bureau of Cultural Affairs. He holds to his credit the 1996 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography and has been honored with a nomination for the same award for Best Supporting Actor. He also received a 2002 Drammy Award for Best Choreography and the 2007 Dance Ministry Magazine's Trailblazer Award for Dance Choreographer of the year. He has received a 2009, 2010, & 2011 Giorgee Award for Best Director 2016and Best Show.of the Year. In 2009 he received Atlanta’s top theatre award The Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding Choreography and in 2013 he won the Suzi for Outstanding Director of a Play.

Patdro Harris Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production
Patdro HarrisSlam!
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Supporting Performer, Resident Musical
Patdro HarrisHip 2: Birth of the Boom
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production Gold Star
Patdro HarrisBessie's Blues

Patdro Harris News

First Stats Released For The BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards; City Springs' WEST SIDE ST Photo First Stats Released For The BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards; City Springs' WEST SIDE STORY Leads Best Musical
by BWW Staff - Nov 21, 2022

The first live standings have been announced for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

Alliance Theatre to Present Adam L. McKnight's A GIFT OF LOVE Holiday Cabaret in Dece Photo Alliance Theatre to Present Adam L. McKnight's A GIFT OF LOVE Holiday Cabaret in December
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 16, 2022

The Alliance Theatre will welcome celebrated musician Adam L. McKnight to the Hertz Stage for A Gift of Love with Adam L. McKnight. Along with several guest artists and friends, McKnight will perform popular hits from a variety of genres, beloved originals, and holiday standards for two weeks from December 7–23, 2022.

Review: Basketball is Not the Only Team Sport in FLEX at Theatrical Outfit Photo Review: Basketball is Not the Only Team Sport in FLEX at Theatrical Outfit
by Luke Evans - Sep 11, 2022

Candrice Jones has penned a deeply personal play, one in which the social pressure to succeed and to rise above one’s circumstances runs counter to the more primal desire to be a part of something larger than oneself.

Co-World Premiere of GET IN THE GAME Announced At Theatrical Outfit Photo Co-World Premiere of GET IN THE GAME Announced At Theatrical Outfit
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 18, 2022

Theatrical Outfit will launch its 22-23 Season with the Co-World Premiere of Candrice Jones' FLEX – a high adrenaline new play. Set in the 90s, but speaking to TODAY, FLEX will take ATL by storm as tells a story of the South like you have never seen before & explores the joy and challenge of teenage life.

Black Theatre Troupe Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring RESPECT: THE MUSICAL, BLACK N Photo Black Theatre Troupe Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring RESPECT: THE MUSICAL, BLACK NATIVITY & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 10, 2022

Black Theatre Troupe has announced its 2022-23 Season with two musicals, two dramas and the company's annual holiday tradition, Black Nativity.

Maiesha McQueen Returns To Atlanta From Broadway To Star In MAHALIA: A GOSPEL MUSICAL Photo Maiesha McQueen Returns To Atlanta From Broadway To Star In MAHALIA: A GOSPEL MUSICAL
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 23, 2022

Dominion Entertainment Group has announced its first production of their 10th anniversary season; Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, lead by actress Maiesha McQueen, who was last seen on Broadway starring in the hit musical WAITRESS.

BWW Review: BARBECUE at Portland Playhouse Photo BWW Review: BARBECUE at Portland Playhouse
by Krista Garver - Nov 12, 2021

BARBECUE is laugh-out-loud funny while also shining a big bright spotlight on things we’d rather keep hidden. Highly recommended.

Black Theatre Troupe Presents SISTAS THE MUSICAL Photo Black Theatre Troupe Presents SISTAS THE MUSICAL
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 16, 2021

As its opening production of their 50th season, Black Theatre Troupe presents the smash hit, SISTAS THE MUSICAL to the Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center. SISTAS was originally scheduled to open 18 months ago in March of 2020, but was postponed shortly before opening night due to the pandemic.

Dominion Entertainment To Stream BLACK NATIVITY: A GOSPEL CHRISTMAS MUSICAL EXPERIENC Photo Dominion Entertainment To Stream BLACK NATIVITY: A GOSPEL CHRISTMAS MUSICAL EXPERIENCE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 16, 2020

The pandemic has not stopped the producers of the hit holiday musical Black Nativity from bringing their production to audiences around the world. Black Nativity: A Gospel Christmas Musical Experience is known for sold out performances in Atlanta, and cities in the southeast, will return this year as a streamed theatrical concertized performance.

Black Theatre Troupe Postpones SISTAS! THE MUSICAL Photo Black Theatre Troupe Postpones SISTAS! THE MUSICAL
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 19, 2020

For the safety and well-being of the community, Black Theatre Troupe has rescheduled its March/April performances of SISTAS! THE MUSICAL to May 15-31. Tickets purchased for the original dates will be valid for the May performances.


Patdro Harris Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Patdro Harris been nominated for?
Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Slam! Outstanding Supporting Performer, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Hip 2: Birth of the Boom and Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Bessie's Blues .

What awards has Patdro Harris won?
Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Bessie's Blues.