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Sam Pinkleton

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Sam Pinkleton is a director and choreographer based in Los Angeles. On Broadway, his work includes Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award, as well as Amélie, Significant Other, The Heidi Chronicles, Machinal, and Heisenberg. As a director, his production of Runaways premiered at City Center Encores! Off-Center and was later produced at The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park. Other highlights include the world premiere of David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori's Pulitzer Prize Finalist Soft Power (Public Theater/Center Theater Group - Lucille Lortel Nomination, Best Choreography), the club experience Untitled DanceShowPartyThing (Virgin Voyages - co-created with Ani Taj), the original production of Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Playwrights Horizons), Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Kansas City Choir Boy (with Courtney Love) and new theater and opera productions with BAM, The Dutch National Opera, Oper Köln, American Repertory Theater, Center Theater Group, Soho Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Theatre for a New Audience, The TEAM, Kansas City Rep, and McCarter Theatre. Sam is a frequent collaborator with Pig Iron Theatre Company, The Civilians, and The Dance Cartel and was co-chair of the 2020 Obie Awards. He was was artist-in-residence at Pace University and has taught at Harvard University, Northwestern University, Sarah Lawrence College, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, and NYU. Prior to the collapse of the universe, he was directing and choreographing a new production of The Rocky Horror Show for ACT in San Francisco and developing new work with Cirque du Soleil, Nickelodeon, New York City Center, and the Party Rock Band The B-52s. He does not own any dance shoes.