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John Carrafa is a two-time Tony Nominated, Lortel Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle and Obie Award winning Broadway director/choreographer. He’s also a Media Choreography Award and World Dance Feature Film Award winning television and film choreographer.

Recent television credits include Julian Fellowes THE GILDED AGE, ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING, DEAD TO ME, SUCCESSION, BARRY, THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT, Stephen Soderbergh’s THE KNICK, TRANSPARENT, THE BLACK LIST, BLUE BLOODS, MANIAC, HAPPY! HAPPYISH, NURSE JACKIE, PRODIGAL SON and the Disney Musical FREAKY FRIDAY.  He choreographed the Emmy winning “Eat Shit Bob” mega-musical number for LAST WEEK WITH JOHN OLIVER. He was series choreographer for six seasons of the ABC/CMT show NASHVILLE which he also directed and as well as Season 1 of EMPIRE.

Upcoming television includes Season 4 of WESTWORLD, Season 2 of THE GILDED AGE, the new Scott L. Burns drama EXTRAPOLATIONS, starring Meryl Streep, Daveed Diggs, Toby Maguire, Forrest Whitaker and Marion Cotillard, THREE WOMEN starring Shailene Woodley, Betty Gilpin and DeWanda Wise, LOOT starring Maya Rudolph, and the new David E. Kelly crime drama, THE MISSING, directed by Barry Levinson.

He pioneered the use of Motion Capture technology to create choreography on THE POLAR EXPRESS for to win the Media Choreography Award and received the World Dance Feature Film for SOMETHING BORROWED. Other films include THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, BRIDE WARS, ANALYZE THAT, IF I STAY, LET’S BE COPS, THE OTHER GUYS, REBEL IN THE RYE, THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO and THE CHAPERONE.

Broadway credits include: URINETOWN THE MUSICAL (Tony Nomination), James Lapine’s DIRTY BLONDE, Terrance MacNally’s LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! DANCE OF DEATH with Ian Mckellan and Helen Mirren, DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES and GOOD VIBRATIONS, which he also directed. He received a TONY NOMINATION for his work collaborating with Stephen Sondheim on a new Broadway production of INTO THE WOODS starring Vanessa Williams and worked with Sondheim again on A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at the Kennedy Center starring Kristen Bell and Blair Brown. Also at the Kennedy Center, he choreographed Richard Wagner’s RING CYCLE for the Washington Opera, starring Placido Domingo.

 

He’s choreographed three musicals for the NY City Center Encores Series, OUT OF THIS WORLD, THE PAJAMA GAME and ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER.

 

He’s been a collaborator both as a director and choreographer in the creation of countless original musicals. He won Best Director both at the NY MUSICAL THEATER FESTIVAL and the Daegu, Korea INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL for his direction of the original musical ACADEMY and choreographed the original musical version of FINDING NEMO at Disneyworld.

 

Other work includes Creative Director/Producer for the National Basketball Association, Director for concerts such as CAROLE KING AND FRIENDS at Madison Square Garden and the SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME CONCERT with Paul Macartney, Director/choreographer of the alternative circus, CIRQUE BERZERK at the Nokia Center and co-creator and director of the musical SHOWDOWN which has been running on Norwegian Cruise Lines since 2008.

 

He has choreographed music videos for SARAH BAREILLES, EDITORS, GREG LASWELL as well as MACHINE GUN KELLY’s live Perfomance at the 2022 VMA Awards.

 

Commercials for a countless top brands including VERA WANG, SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL, ATT, SPRINT, OLD NAVY, THE GAP, BARNES & NOBLE.

He’s known for being equally comfortable choreographing both lead actors with little or no dance training, and highly trained technical dancers. With the philosophy that everyone can dance, his calm and methodical approach has brought out the inner dancer in a countless number of the biggest stars in our industry. Robert DeNiro, Tom Hanks, Emma Stone, Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Daveed Diggs, Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Connie Britton, Kate Hudson are just a few.

FILM
Yes Day
Choreographer
Dir. Miguel Arteta
21 Bridges
Choreographer
Dir. Brian Kirk
The Kitchen
Choreographer
Dir. Andrea Berloff
The Chaperone
Choreographer
Dir. Michael Engler
Freaky Friday
Choreographer
Disney Channel
The Newlywed Game
Writer/Director
ABC
The Week Of
Choreographer
Dir. Robert Smigel
Rebel in the Rye
Choreographer
Dir. Danny Strong
If I Stay
2nd Unit Producer/Choreographer
Dir. RJ Cutler
Let’s Be Cops
Choreographer
Dir. Luke Greenfield
The Other Guys
Choreographer
Dir. Adam McKay
Something Borrowed
Choreographer
Dir. Luke Greenfield
Bride Wars
Choreographer
Dir. Gary Winick
The Polar Express
Choreographer
Dir. Robert Zemeckis
The Thomas Crown Affair
Choreographer
Dir. John Mctiernan
Analyze That
Choreographer
Dir. Harold Ramis
Love! Valour! Compassion!
Choreographer
Dir. Joe Mantello
The Last Days of Disco
Choreographer
Dir. Whit Stillman
Who’s The Top? (short)
Choreographer
Dir. Jennie Livingston
TELEVISION
Three Women
Choreographer
Showtime
Only Murders in the Building
Choreographer
HULU
Westworld – Season 4
Choreographer
HBO
The Gilded Age - Season 1, 2
Choreographer
HBO
Dead to Me – Season 1, 2, 3
Choreographer
Netflix
The Flight Attendant – Season 1
Choreographer
HBO
Prodigal Son – Season 1
Choreographer
FOX
The Blacklist – Season 7
Choreographer
NBC
Last Week Tonight w/John Oliver – SLAPP Suits
Choreographer
HBO
No Activity – Season 3
Choreographer
CBS
Blue Bloods – Season 9
Choreographer
CBS
Barry – Season 2
Choreographer
HBO
Maniac – Season 1
Choreographer
Netflix
Happy! – Season 2
Choreographer
SYFY
Succession – Season 1
Choreographer
HBO
Master of None – Season 2
Choreographer
Netflix
Nashville – Seasons 1-5
Series Choreographer/Director
CMT
Empire – Season 1
Choreographer
FOX
Transparent – Season 1
Choreographer
Dir. Jill Soloway
The Knick – Season 2
Choreographer
Dir. Steven Soderbergh
Z: The Beginning of Everything – Season 1
Choreographer
Amazon
Bull
Choreographer
CBS
The Blacklist
Choreographer
NBC
Elementary
Choreographer
CBS
Blue Bloods
Choreographer
CBS
Royal Pains
Choreographer
USA Network
Falling Water
Choreographer
USA Network
The Comedians – Season 1
Choreographer
Dir. Larry Charles
Limitless
Choreographer
Prod. Kati Johnston
Nurse Jackie
Choreographer
Dir. Brendan Walsh
Big Love
Choreographer
HBO
Ugly Betty
Choreographer
ABC
MUSIC VIDEOS
Sara Bareilles “Armor”
Choreographer
Dir. Bryan Mir
BROADWAY
Urinetown The Musical - Tony Nomination
Choreographer
Dir. John Rando
Into The Woods – Tony Nomination (w/Vanessa Williams)
Choreographer
Dir. James Lapine
Good Vibrations
Director/Choreographer/Co-Writer
Dirty Blonde
Choreographer
Dir. James Lapine
Dance of the Vampires
Choreographer
Dir. John Rando
Love! Valour! Compassion! (w/Nathan Lane)
Choreographer
Dir. Joe Mantello
Dance of Death (w/Sir Ian Mckellan And Helen Mirren)
Choreographer
Dir. Sean Mathias
A Thousand Clowns (w/Tom Selleck)
Choreographer
John Rando
OFF-BROADWAY / REGIONAL THEATRE / OPERA
Indian Ink – Tom Stoppard
Choreographer
Roundabout Theater Company
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Director
American Conservatory Theater
Cirque Berzerk
Director/Choreographer
Nokia Theater, Los Angeles
King Lear - Shakespeare
Choreographer
Theater For A New Audience
Measure for Measure - Shakespeare
Choreographer
Theater For A New Audience
Three Sisters - Anton Chekhov
Choreographer
Dir. Ilene Lewis, Arena Stage
Happy End – Brecht/Weill
Choreographer
Dir. Carey Perloff, ACT
Eurydice - Sarah Ruhl
Choreographer
Dir. Les Waters, Second Stage NYC
The Long Christmas Ride Home
Choreographer
Dir. Mark Brokaw, Vineyard Th.
Finding Nemo - Disney World
Choreographer
Dir. Peter Brosius
The Pajama Game, Out of this World, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Choreographer
City Center Encores!
A Little Night Music (Kristen Bell)
Choreographer
Kennedy Center Sondheim Festival
Wagner's “Ring” (Placido Domingo)
Choreographer
Dir. Francesca Zambello
Animal Crackers (Marx Brothers Comedy)
Choreographer
Dir. Francesca Zambello
Academy
Director/Choreographer
NY Musical Theater Festival / Daegu Int. Music Th. Fest.
COMMERCIAL
NY Lotto
Choreographer
Intel “IDF” MSHIP
Choreographer
White House/Black Market
Choreographer
Locite
Choreographer
Charter
Choreographer
Reliant Energy
Choreographer
“Neon”
Choreographer
Gap Kids
“Color Denim”
Choreographer
Macy's
Macy's “Week Of Wonderful”
Choreographer
Macy's
Acura Featuring Bette Midler
Choreographer
Acura
Barnes And Noble Featuring Jane Lynch
Choreographer
Barnes And Noble
Lays Potato Chips Featuring Eva Longoria
Choreographer
Lays
Justin Bieber's Someday Perfume
Choreographer
Sonic Burger “This Is How You Sonic”
Choreographer
Sonic Drive-In
Propel Zero
Choreographer
Coca-Cola
State Farm Insurance
Choreographer
Walmart
Choreographer
Las Vegas Tourism
Choreographer
Nippon Ham
Choreographer
NY Lotto “Little Bit Of Luck”
Choreographer
Truth Anti-Smoking Campaign
Choreographer
Stride Gum
Choreographer
Vera Wang – Kohl's
Choreographer
Reliant Energy
Choreographer
Aspen Cologne
Choreographer
Milton Bradley Games
Choreographer
Met Life Featuring Snoopy
Choreographer
NBA “It's All Good”
Choreographer
WNBA “We Got Game”
Choreographer
Sprint
Choreographer
Miller Beer “Football”
Choreographer
MOVEMENT COACHING/CHOREOGRAPHY
Emma Stone
Tiffany Haddish
Nick Hoult
Kate Hudson
Christopher Walken
Vanessa Williams
Kristin Chenowith
Kate Beckinsale
Jenna Elfman
Gregory Hines
Jerry Stiller
Mandy Patinkin
Mark Linn Baker
Mary J. Blige
Kristin Davis
Jonah Hill
Christina Ricci
Robert DeNiro
Mark Wahlberg
John Turturro
Bridget Fonda
Chloe Sevigny
Annabella Sciorra
Josh Gad
Matthew Broderick
Anne Meara
Mary Steenburgen
Craig Bierko
Blair Brown
Tom Cavanaugh
Melissa McCarthy
Christopher Meloni
Tom Hanks
Kristen Bell
Sir Ian McKellan
Rene Russo
Mira Sorvino
Tim Roth
Jane Krakowski
America Ferrara
Jason Alexander
Jeanne Tripplehorne
Betty Buckley
David Straithairn
Julie Bowen
Clive Owen
Aziz Ansari
Anne Hathaway
Mark Ruffalo
Helen Mirren
Pierce Brosnan
Val Kilmer
Ginnifer Goodwin
Robert Sean Leonard
Harry Belafonte
Seymour Cassell
Andrea Martin
Christine Ebersole
Kim Cattrall
Snoopy
Elizabeth Moss
Ann-Margret
Connie Britton
Hayden Panettiere
Nathan Lane
Justin Kirk
Nicholas Cage
Sarah Jessica Parke
Mia Farrow
Rosie Perez
Lorraine Bracco
B.D. Wong
Harry Connick Jr.
Cynthia Nixon

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