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KEITH YOUNG

CHOREOGRAPHER

DIRECTOR

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KEITH YOUNG is quite simply one of the most versatile director/choreographers working in the industry today. Keith received a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts Education from Miami University. Although his primary focus was in painting and sculpture, Keith was drawn to the all-encompassing expression that dance allows. Following college, he danced with numerous notable dance companies in New York and joined TWYLA THARP’S company as a principal dancer. He later became her assistant on Milo Forman’s acclaimed film AMADEUS. He also served as rehearsal director in the staging of The Sinatra Suites, featuring MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV and TWYLA THARP, for AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE.

He then moved to Los Angeles where he has been working on many films such as Jiang Wen’s film GONE WITH THE BULLETS, THE SMURFS MOVIE, directed by Raja Gosnell, as well as multiple films for director Nancy Meyers such as : IT’S COMPLICATED, with MERYL STREEP and ALEC BALDWIN. THE HOLIDAY with KATE WINSLET,CAMERON DIAZ, JUDE LAW and JACK BLACK. SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE, with JACK NICHOLSON and AMANDA PEET, THE SWITCH with JENNIFER ANISTON and JULIETTE LEWIS. as well as the memorable dance scene with MEL GIBSON in WHAT WOMEN WANT. Keith is particularly proud of his choreographic work on the feature film RENT, directed by Chris Colombus. His choreography for RENT won an award at THE CHOREOGRAPHY MEDIA HONORS.

TV CREDITS: UNDATEABLE, DANCING WITH THE STARS, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, HARRY’S LAW, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, PUSHING DAISIESwith KRISTIN CHENOWETH. THE 78th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS, where he choreographed a performance for the Oscar Winning Song IT’S HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP from the movie HUSTLE AND FLOW. Keith received an EMMY AWARD NOMINATION for his work on THE DREW CAREY SHOW.

COMMERCIALS: FACEBOOK MESSENGER, RAY BAN, SUPER BOWL SOBE LIFE WATER with NFL Players RAY LEWIS, JUSTIN TUCK and MATT LIGHT, as well as SUPER BOWL SOBE SPOT with NAOMI CAMPBELLl and some very talented lizards. TROP 50 spots with KYRA SEDGWICK, JANE KRAKOWSKI and GILLES MARINI KIA “MANIAC”, GAP, OLD NAVY, TOYOTA , BLACKBERRY and many more. Keith is especially proud of his work on THE CHRISTOPHER REEVES SPECIAL with DANCING WHEELS featuring MARY VERDI-FLETCHER.

His THEATRE CREDITS are a musical based on the life of SAMMY DAVIS JR. (Played by OBBA BABATUNDE) at THE OLD GLOBE THEATRE. Keith received the SAN DIEGO CRITICS CHOICE AWARD for BEST CHOREOGRAPHY for the musical SAMMY. PAUL ROBESON with KEITH DAVID at EBONY REPERTORY THEATRE in Los Angeles. He also choreographed the Broadway Musical ON THE TOWN, directed by GEORGE C. WOLFE. Keith has directed and choreographed tours and videos for music artists such as: BABYFACE, MADONNA, OUTKAST, JOSH GROBAN, EARTH WIND &FIRE, GLADYS KNIGHT, THE ISLEY BROTHERS, TONI BRAXTON,PRINCE ROYCE TOUR, BETTE MIDLER, RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS, THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS and many more. He also choreographed SHOUT SISTER SHOUT at The Pasadena Playhouse.

Keithís most recent accomplishments include FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, starring Oba Babatunde, at the Ebony Repertory Theater which he directed and choreographed to rave reviews.

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Theatre
Shout Sister Shout
Choreographer
Pasadena Playhouse
Five Guys Named Moe
Director / Choreographer
Ebony Repertory Theatre
Carnival Cruises 2016-2017
Director/Choreographer
Sammy
Choreographer
Old Globe Theater
Crowns
Choreographer
Ebony Repertory Theatre and Pasadena Playhouse
On The Town
Choreographer
George C. Wolfe / Broadway
Thunder Knocking At The Door
Choreographer
San Jose Repertory Theatre
Film
Gone With The Bullets
Choreographer
Dongyang Yibudaowei Films / Dir. Jiang Wen
The Smurfs
Choreographer
Sony / Dir. Raja Gosnell
It's Complicated
Choreographer x
Choreographer Universal Pictures / Dir. Nancy Meyers
The Switch
Choreographer
Mandate Pictures / Dir. Josh Gordon & Will Speck
Rent
Choreographer
Revolution / Dir. Chris Columbus
Something's Gotta Give
Choreographer
Columbia Pictures / Dir. Nancy Meyers
What Women Want
Choreographer
Paramount Pictures / Dir. Nancy Meyers
The Holiday
Choreographer
Sony / Dir. Nancy Meyers
Dance For Life
Choreographer
Cinesud SRI (Italy) / Dir. Franco Mazza
Son of the Mask
Choreographer
New Line Cinema / Dir. Lawrence Gutterman
Rat Race
Choreographer
Paramount Pictures / Dir. Jerry Zucker
Affair of the Necklace
Choreographer
Alcon Entertainment / Dir. Charles Shyer
Flawless
Choreographer
Warner Bros. / Dir. Joel Schumacher
The Parent Trap
Choreographer
Dir. Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer
Grace of my Heart
Choreographer
Grammercy / Dir. Allison Anders
House Arrest
Choreographer x
Choreographer Rysher Entertainment / Dir. Harry Weiner
Television
Get Shorty- Season 2
Choreography
EPIX
Instant Mom
Choreographer
Paramount / Nickelodeon
Up All Night
Choreographer
NBC Upfronts
Parks and Recreation
Choreographer
NBC Upfronts
The Office
Choreographer
NBC Upfronts
30 Rock
Choreographer
NBC Upfronts
Grimm
Choreographer
NBC Upfronts
Law & Order SVU
Choreographer
NBC Upfronts
Undateable / Promo
Choreographer
NBC
Selfie
Choreographer
ABC / Warner Bros
Matador
Choreographer
El Ray Network
Harry's Law Episode 17
Choreographer
NBC (Multiple Episodes)
Dancing With The Stars
Choreographer
ABC
First Family
Choreographer
The First Family Media
Rules of Engagement
Choreographer
CBS / Sony Pictures Television
Pushing Daisies
Choreographer
ABC
On The Lot
Choreographer
Fox / Mark Burnett Productions
The Unit
Choreographer
CBS / Dir. Alex Zakrzewski
So You Think You Can Dance Promo
Guest Choreographer
FOX
Nick at Nite Holiday Special
Choreographer
Chloe Productions
Charmed
Choreographer
North Shore Prods. / Warner Bros. Television
The Drew Carey Show
Choreographer
Warner Bros. (Series Opening & Multiple Episodes)
Home Improvement
Choreographer
NBC / Walt Disney Television
Seinfeld
Choreographer
NBC
Caroline in the City
Choreographer
NBC
The Jamie Foxx Show
Choreographer
Warner Bros.
Boy Meets World
Choreographer
ABC / Disney TV
Sabrina, The Teenage Witch
Choreographer
ABC / Heartbreak Films & Viacom
Madonna "Girlie Show" Tour
Choreographer
HBO
Coach
Choreographer
ABC
Award Shows
Latin Grammy's w/ Prince Royce
Choreographer
Top Stop Music
78th Annual Academy Awards w/ Hustle & Flow
Choreographer
ABC
Lady of Soul Awards w/ Ashanti
Choreographer
Def Jam Records
Emmy Awards w/ David Hyde Pierce
Choreographer
Don Mischer Prods.
A Celebration of Hope w/ Christopher Reeve
Choreographer
ABC / Don Mischer Productions
NAACP Image Awards
Choreographer
FOX
The Grammy Awards w/ Multiple Artists
Choreographer
CBS
Commercials
Target "Discovery"
Movement Coach
Target Holiday Spot
Choreographer
Partizan
Cadillac
Choreographer
Radical Media
02 Mobile w/ Michael Buble
Choreographer
Caviar
Old Navy (Multiple Spots)
Choreographer
Swing Skirts
Old Navy / Sense.TV
Choreographer
Choreographer Dir. Tony Ushino
Blackberry Super Bowl Spot
Choreographer
Gorgeous, Inc.
DirecTV
Choreographer
Modern Times Film
Big! Lots (Multiple Spots)
Choreographer
Passport Films / Nydrle
Tropicana 50
Choreographer
Surrogate Films / Dir. Peter Arnell
Tropicana 50 "Magic of Summer"
Choreographer
Surrogate Films / Dir. Peter Arnell
Sobe / Super Bowl
Choreographer
Surrogate Films / Dir. Peter Arnell
Chuck Promo
Choreographer
Choreographer NBC / Moving Parts, Inc.
Electrolux
Choreographer
MJ2
So You Think You Can Dance Promo
Choreographer
Choreographer FOX / Moving Parts
Che Banca "Motion Blur"
Choreographer
Motion Blur / Dir. Zwart Arbeid
Playtex
Choreographer
Motiv Films
Toyota Highlander "The Dance"
Choreographer
Choreographer Uncle
Dixie Cups "Perfect Touch"
Choreographer
Anonymous / Dir. Shyam Madiraju
Clash of the Choirs Promo
Choreographer
Moving Parts
Kia Outsider (Multiple Spots)
Choreographer
Kenmore
Choreographer
Choreographer MJZ / Dir. Victor Garcia
Bell South
Choreographer
Choreographer MJZ / Dir. Rocky Morton
Nordstrom
Choreographer
Partizan
Fresca
Choreographer
Tight
Kmart
Choreographer
Chelsea Films
AT&T
Choreographer
HSI
Bally's
Choreographer
Atlas Pictures
Blue Cross/Blue Sheild
Choreographer
Bedford Falls
American Eagle Outfitters
Choreographer
American Eagle Outfitters
Blue Cross
Choreographer
Bedford Falls
Concerts/Tours/Events
Boogie Wonderland
Director/Choreographer
Norwegian Cruise Line
Teradata
Choreographer
White Room LA
A.R. Rahman World Tour
Choreographer
KM Music
Josh Groban "Awake" Tour
Choreographer
Fountains at Wynn Resort
Choreographer
Macao, China / WET Design
Playzone
Director / Choreographer
Johnny Company, Inc. / Japan
Bette Midler "Kiss My Brass" Tour
Contributing Choreographer
Gladys Knight US Tour & Flamingo Hilton, Las Vegas
Director / Choreographer
Babyface "Face to Face" World Tour
Director / Choreographer
KC & The Sunshine Band US Tour
Director / Choreographer
Anastacia Spot Dates
Choreographer
Earth, Wind & Fire World Tour
Director / Choreographer
Madonna "Girlie Show" World Tour
Choreographer
After 7 World Tour
Choreographer
Isley Brothers World Tour
Director / Choreographer
En Vogue World Tour
Director / Choreographer
Skating Romance I & II w/ Brian Boitano
Choreographer
White Canvas Productions
Tai Babilonia & Randy Gardner
Choreographer
Ice Program
Renee Roca & Gorsha Sur
Choreographer
Multiple Program
Ford Fusion Prize Giveaway Live Event
Choreographer
Ghost Robot
Music Videos
Toni Braxton "Let it Flow"
Choreographer
Babyface "Whip Appeal" / "Never Keeping Secrets" / "Rock Bottom"
Choreographer
En Vogue "Hold On & Lies"
Choreographer
Toni Braxton/Babyface "Boomerang" Soundtrack
Choreographer
The Jacksons "Art of Madness"
Choreographer
Hank Williams "Jr. Hog Wild"
Choreographer
Phil Collins "Hang In Long Enough"
Choreographer
Johnny Gill "My, My, My"
Choreographer
Natalie Cole "As a Matter of Fact"
Choreographer
Talking Heads "Blind"
Choreographer
Gladys Knight "Men"
Choreographer
Pebbles "Givin You The Benefit"
Choreographer
Spandau Ballet "Be Free With Your Love"
Choreographer
Boz Scaggs "Heart of Mine"
Choreographer
Glenn Madieros/Bobby Brown "She Ain't Worth It"
Choreographer
Jerry Harrison/Talking Heads "Man With a Gun"
Choreographer
Menudo "You've Got Potential"
Choreographer
Belinda Carlisle "Summer Rain"
Choreographer
Lemar "It's Not That Easy"
Choreographer
Crossroads Films
Outkast "Roses"
Choreographer
Clay Aiken "This Is The Night"
Choreographer
LL Cool J "Deepest Bluest"
Choreographer
The Chemical Bros. "Let Forever Be"
Choreographer
Donna Summer "I Will Go With You"
Choreographer
South Park "What Would Brian Boitano Do?"
Choreographer
Eric Benet "Spend My Life With You"
Choreographer
Tamia & Eric Benet "Georgy Porgy"
Choreographer
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Aeroplane"
Choreographer
Awards & Nominations
Paul Robeson Starring Keith David
Choreographer
Ebony Repertory Theatre
2018 Ovation Awards for Best Director & Choreographer "Five Guys Named Moe"

Press

"The show is directed and choreographed with stylish precision by Keith Young... his work is streamlined and character-driven, with generous doses of humor thrown in to amplify the fun." ~BroadwayWorld.com

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