© 2019  LORNA VENTURA

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“Growing up in Queens, New York, all I knew was a community with diversity. My first exposure to dance was when my Puerto Rican mother asked my Jewish grandmother to take me to the local church basement for an African Dance Class. I was transfixed by the movement, the music and how powerful and beautiful the dancers were. The studio and community were so welcoming and quickly became like family to me — their timbale rhythms still run deeply through my veins.”

— Lorna Ventura

Director  /  Choreographer  /  Resident Choreographer  / 

/  Master Class Teacher  /  Guest Artist  /  Guest Speaker

Lorna’s exceptional career includes work on the Original Broadway productions of shows such as Wicked, Grease, All Shook Up, Harlem Song, and Nice Work If You Can Get It — as an Original Cast Member or Associate Choreographer — alongside acclaimed talent like Idina Menzel, Stephanie J. Block, Kristen Chenowith, Rosie O’Donnell, Ben Vereen, and Joel Grey. 


Her collaborations and relationships with elite directors such as George C. Wolfe (Harlem Song), Joe Mantello, (Wicked), Charles Randolph Wright (Guys & Dolls, Me & Mrs Jones), Jerry Mitchell (Grease) and Kathleen Marshall (Nice Work if you Can Get It) have allowed her to hone her craft and transition with grace into the Director/Choreographer’s seat.

Lorna’s unique talents have been recognized many times over by some of the most sought after industry showcases for emerging Broadway Choreographers, including BC Beats (2013), Dance Break (2011), and the NY Musical Theater Festival (2010–11 Honorable Mention, Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Frog Kiss the Musical). Her original work has been showcased at the Ailey CitiGroup Legros Cultural Arts Showcase, and most recently she was chosen for an Artist’s Residency with Frantic Assembly in London, where she premiered new work.  

Equally impressive are Lorna’s on-screen credits, where her eclectic choreography can be seen on films such as Kate & Leopold and It Runs In the Family, working alongside directors James Mangold and Fred Scheppisi. She was also the in house Choreographer on the CW’s Gossip Girl, seasons 1 to 4; and The Carrie Diaries, seasons 1 and 2. She has worked directly with celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Meg Ryan, Michael Douglas, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Chance Crawford, Sophia Anna Robb, and many others. 

Lorna’s directorial debut, Jack & Jill, was screened at the Tribeca Theater, Hot Docs Festival and received a Best Short nomination at the Female Eye Film Festival. Her first feature documentary, The Dancer Chronicles, screened internationally (Female Eye, Docutah, New Filmmakers NY and Women in Film festivals) and received distribution from Parallel Lines. Lorna also directed and choreographed the official music video for Blues Hand Me Down Acoustic Version by the dynamic band Vintage Trouble. 

Her passion for the development of new works has taken form in recent productions such at Roundabout Theater, The Amen Corner (Development Series, Assistant Director to Billy Porter); Stage 42, Trip of Love  (Assistant Choreographer); and Gypsy of the Year, 2018 (Choreographer, Opening Number), The Mercury Theater, The Bardy Bunch (Choreographer/Producer), Olmstead Theater, Hopper (with Anton Dudley and Jonathan Brooke); as well as serving as Resident Choreographer and Creative Associate on Women on Fire (Chris Henry), Anne of Green Gables (Chris Henry), and You, Me, I, We (Jessica Wu), at Royal Family Productions.

Vested in helping underrepresented artists — particularly female artists — find a platform for their voices, Lorna has partnered with a select group of nonprofits while nurturing corporate relationships to further the works of key community organizations such as Latina Surge, Queens Council on the Arts, Broadway Cares, and Royal Family Theater Company, where she serves as Resident Choreographer and Creative Consultant. Lorna is also Adjunct Professor and Guest Choreographer/Director at Tisch University, Manhattan School of Music, and Marymount College.

 FILM, TV + VIDEO CREDITS 

Blues Hand Me Down, Vintage Trouble, Director/Choreographer
Official Music Video

In My Arms, Vintage Trouble, Director/Choreographer

 

The Carrie Diaries, The CW, Choreographer

Gossip Girl, The CW, Choreographer

Adventures of Paul & Marian, Feature Film, Choreographer

Dancer Chronicles, Documentary, Director/Choreographer
Docutah, NYWIF, New Filmmakers Film Festival

It Runs in the Family, Feature Film, 2003, Choreographer

Kate & Leopold, Feature Film, 2001, Choreographer

Jack & Jill, Short Film, Director
Female Eye Film Festival, New Filmaker to Watch, New Filmakers, LAFF 

 
THEATRE CREDITS 

BROADWAY

Wicked, Performer, Original Broadway Company with Joe Mantello / Wayne Cilento

Grease, Performer, Original Broadway Company with Tommy Tune / Jeff Calhoun

 

How to Succeed in Business, Original National Tour with Des McAnuff / Wayne Cilento

All Shook Up, Associate Choreographer, Original Broadway Company with Christopher Ashley / Ken Roberson / Sergio Trujillo

Nice Work If You Can Get It, Original Broadway Company, SDC Observer, Assistant to Kathleen Marshall

The Amen Corner, Roundabout Theater Company, Assistant Director with Multi-Award-Winning Director Billy Porter

Gypsy of the Year, New Amsterdam Theater, Opening Number Choreographer

REGIONAL

Frantic Assembly, Rich Mix Theatre, London, Resident Artist

 

The Bardy Bunch, Mercury Theatre, Chicago, Choreographer
With Director Jay Stern
“Lorna Ventura’s choreography is sometimes as much fun as a home visit from Davy Jones and a ride in a psychedelic bus combined.” – The New York Times

Frog Kiss The Musical, Virginia Stage, Choreographer
Outstanding Choreography Nominee, New York Musical Theatre Festival

Guys & Dolls, Associate Choreographer

With Maurice Hines and Acclaimed Director Charles Randolph Wright 

Me & Mrs. Jones, Associate Choreographer

With Acclaimed Director Charles Randolph Wright

Altar Boyz, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Choreographer

With Multi-Award-Winning Director Billy Porter

Hopper, Olmstead Theatre, Choreographer

Hell is for Real, Fringe Festival 2015

OFF-BROADWAY

Trip of Love, Stage 42, Assistant Choreographer

Drop Dead Perfect, Theater at St. Clement’s, Choreographer
With Legendary Performer Everett Quinton

“[Mr. Quinton] reveals a talent for lewd Latin dance in the rollicking,
utterly shameless numbers devised by Lorna Ventura.” — The New York Times

Hell Is for Real, Fringe Festival 20, Choreographer

City of Light, SheNYC Summer Theater Festival

With Tony Award-Winning Cady Huffman, Director

Women on Fire I + II, Royal Family Productions, Resident Choreographer

Anne of Green Gables Parts I + II, Royal Family Productions, Resident Choreographer
“Their movement takes many impressive forms: from comical charades to shows of graceful choreography … together, this cast brings out every emotion to the fullest.” — Broadway World

“Performing contemporary and lyrical choreography by Lorna Ventura. The skilled dancers function best as the physical embodiment of Anne’s overactive emotions and imagination.” — Off Off Online

You, Me, I, We, Royal Family Productions, Resident Choreographer

Gershwin “That Certain Feeling”, Manhattan School of Music, Centennial Celebration, Co-Writer, Director/Choreographer

Beulah Land, Mabou Mines, Choreographer

 

 CONTACT me 

LORNA
ventura

New York, New York​

Tel: 917 974 9136​

lornaventura@me.com

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