Randy Skinner

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Randy Skinner is an American director and choreographer, primarily for the stage. He has been nominated three times for Tony Awards and twice for Drama Desk Awards for choreography.


Skinner was born in Columbus, Ohio. He attended Upper Arlington High School and graduated from Ohio State University. In addition to his theatrical career, he is also a guest teacher at various colleges and universities.[1] He moved to New York in 1976 seeking dancing jobs, and Gower Champion asked him to be a dance assistant on 42nd Street in 1980. In 1985, Ginger Rogers cast him as Val opposite Karen Ziemba and asked him to choreograph a production of Babes in Arms that she directed in upstate New York and in Connecticut.[2]

His Broadway work as a choreographer includes the musicals White Christmas and State Fair. He choreographed the Broadway revival of 42nd Street in 2001 and also choreographed and staged the London,Germany, Australia and two U.S. national companies and the Amsterdam production of the musical.[3] He has choreographed many staged productions for the City Center Encores! series, including No, No Nanette (May 2008) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (May 2012).[4][5] His Off-Broadway and regional theatre choreography work includes productions of White Christmas around the U.S. and the UK, An American in Paris (2008 in Houston, Texas), Happy Days (2006 in Los Angeles), Lone Star Love (2004 Off-Broadway; 2007 Seattle), Babes in Arms (2002 at the Goodspeed Opera House), Abby's Song (1999 Off-Broadway, also directing) and Lucky in the Rain (1997 at Goodspeed).[6]


(As choreographer, except as otherwise noted)


  1. ^ Randy Skinner biography, Steps on Broadway, accessed May 8, 2009
  2. ^ Sturdivant, Doug. "Making Merry: White Christmas Plays Broadway", December 6, 2008
  3. ^ "Randy Skinner biography", Broadway Dance Center, accessed May 8, 2009
  4. ^ Goldman, Phyllis. "Master Tap Teacher Randy Skinner…Talks about his long career both on Broadway and at Encores", danceruniverse.com, March 27, 2008
  5. ^ Encores! Previous Seasons,New York City Center, accessed May 8, 2009
  6. ^ Randy Skinner, Broadway World, accessed May 8, 2009

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