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Billy Witch

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Wendy Seyb
October 12, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Choreographer.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Edina Minnesota and grew up in a town just west of Minneapolis called Wayzata. I went to college at Boston University where I received my BA in Archaeology, with a minor in Theater.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that...?
...is about merging the teen/slasher/summer camp movies of the 70's and 80's that has an Opening Number.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I was brought onto our show when we first did it in January 2012. It was produced by Studio 42 where my friend and colleague, Moritz von Stuelpnagel, is the Artistic Director. He and I worked on a show at Ars Nova together. We had such a good time on that show that he brought me in for BILLY WITCH. And I am so happy he did!

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Tie between Harpo and Groucho

Who are your heroes?
I look to the artists who expanded dance, comedy and storytelling by bring them to a new level of artistry while connecting to newer audiences. Gene Kelly, Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Chan are at the top with Agnes DeMille, Jerome Robbins and Matthew Bourne added for breaking down barriers of storytelling with dance.