Artist Bio

John Carrafa

(Bio as of September 2009)

John Carrafa most recently collaborated with the Goodman on Animal Crackers during the 2009/2010 Season. John Carrafa is the two-time Tony Award-nominated choreographer of Into the Woods and Urinetown: The Musical. He also received an Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and Dora Award for Urinetown, as well as nominations for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Other Broadway credits include Dirty Blonde, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Dance of the Vampires and Dance of Death. He directed and choreographed the Beach Boys musical Good Vibrations on Broadway. He has choreographed extensively off-Broadway at The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater and Manhattan Theatre Club with writers Wendy Wasserstein, Terrence McNally, A.R. Gurney, Paula Vogel and The Civilians. His choreography for the New York City Center Encores! series includes The Pajama Game, Out of This World and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. He choreographed A Little Night Music for the Sondheim Celebration at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Carrafa has directed developmental workshops of new musicals at New York Stage and Film, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has choreographed more than 20 feature films, including The Thomas Crown Affair, Bride Wars, The Last Days of Disco and The Polar Express, for which he pioneered the use of motion capture technology to create choreography on film, as well as the upcoming film The Other Guys, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. For television he directed the BBC/PBS Great Performances Thou Swell, Thou Witty: The Songs of Rogers and Hart and was a frequent choreographer for Sex and the City on HBO.

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