Kowalik in 2012.
February 22, 1995 |
Wantagh, New York, United States
|Occupation||Actor, dancer, singer|
Kowalik was born in Wantagh, New York, the son of Lauretta (née Splescia), an organist and pianist at St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church in East Meadow, New York, and Michael Kowalik, a surveyor. He has three older sisters. He started dance lessons at the age of three at Dorothy's School of Dance in Bellmore, New York. At age four, he began instruction in Irish dancing. At age six, he was competing at the highest level, Open Championship. He danced with the Inishfree School of Irish Dance.
In April 2006, at age 11, Kowalik won the youngest male age group of the World Irish Dancing Championship (Irish: Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne) in Belfast. He is a five-time undefeated North American Champion and a World Champion. He holds multiple national titles in Scotland, England, and Ireland, and continues to study ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical dance. He graduated from The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School–Pre-Professional Division American Ballet Theatre in 2013. He currently attends Princeton University. He is a member of student dance groups Princeton University Ballet and BodyHype Dance Company.
Kowalik was announced as one of the three boys to play Billy in the Broadway production of the show at a New York press launch on April 22, 2008, along with David Álvarez and Kiril Kulish. Kowalik, in a reprise of his role as Billy, made his Broadway debut on October 8, 2008. His final performance in New York was on March 7, 2010.
On June 7, 2009, Kowalik, along with Kiril Kulish and David Álvarez, won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. This marked the first to date occurrence of the award being given to more than one performer in the same year. He performed Angry Dance as the Billy representative from the show. The production of Billy Elliot was nominated for 15 Tony awards in all, including Best Musical.
|2007–2010||Billy Elliot: The Musical||Billy||Victoria Palace Theatre
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