Jerry Mitchell

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Jerry Mitchell
Born Paw Paw, Michigan, USA
Occupation Theatre director, choreographer

Jerry Mitchell is an American theatre director and choreographer.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Paw Paw, Michigan, Mitchell later moved to St. Louis where he pursued his acting, dancing and directing career in theatre. He graduated from the Fine Arts college at Webster University in St. Louis. Today, Mitchell resides in New York City and St. Louis.

Broadway career[edit]

Mitchell's early Broadway credits were as a dancer in The Will Rogers Follies and revivals of Brigadoon and On Your Toes. He is openly gay.[1][2]

Mitchell's first professional credit as a choreographer was for the 1990 Alley Theatre world premiere of the musical Jekyll & Hyde. Mitchell's first Broadway production as sole choreographer was the 1999 revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, which he followed with The Full Monty.

Mitchell created and for many years directed the annual Broadway Bares benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.[3] In addition to the theatre, he has choreographed for films such as Camp, In & Out and Drop Dead Gorgeous. He garnered an Emmy Award nomination for his work on The Drew Carey Show.

In 2003 Mitchell was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch". He directed and choreographed Legally Blonde: The Musical, which opened in April 2007, and served as a mentor on Bravo's reality competition Step It Up and Dance in 2008.[4]

Mitchell created, directed, and choreographed a stage show for Las Vegas, Peepshow, which opened at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in 2009. He was involved in workshops for the stage musical version of the film Catch Me If You Can.[4][5][6]

In 2013, Mitchell directed and choreographed the Broadway musical Kinky Boots. He won the Tony Award for Best Choreography and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical.

Stage work[edit]


  • 2005 Tony Award for Best Choreography – La Cage aux Folles
  • 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography – La Cage aux Folles
  • 2013 Tony Award for Best Choreography – Kinky Boots


  1. ^ Jerry Mitchell (April 2, 2008). An Interview with "Step It Up & Dance"’s Jerry Mitchell (transcript). Interview with John Polly. AfterElton. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  2. ^ Jerry Mitchell (June 2007). Broadway One On One: Jerry Mitchell (transcript). Interview with Michael Rupert. Pride Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  3. ^ Adam Hetrick (June 26, 2008). "Mitchell to Sign Broadway Bares Backstage Pass at Barnes and Noble June 27". Playbill. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  4. ^ a b Robert Simonson (April 16, 2008). "'s Brief Encounter With Jerry Mitchell". Playbill. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  5. ^ BWW News Desk (November 18, 2008). "Mel B and Kelly Monaco Join Jerry Mitchell's Upcoming Vegas Based 'PEEP SHOW'!". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew and Hernandez, Ernio (December 3, 2007). "Catch Me If You Can Reading Set for 2008". Playbill. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 

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