Musical Theatre Associate Dean and Chair
Liza Gennaro choreographed the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of The Most Happy Fella directed by Gerald Gutierrez and the Broadway revival of Once Upon a Mattress starring Sarah Jessica Parker. She choreographed Roundabout Theater Company’s Tin Pan Alley Rag (2010 Outer Critics Circle Nomination, Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical) and has choreographed extensively in regional theaters across the country including: Hair at Actor’s Theatre Of Louisville, directed by Jon Jory, the world premiere of A…My Name is Still Alice at The Old Globe in California, and the world premiere of Martin Guerre at Hartford Stage, directed by Mark Lamos, Babes in Arms at Guthrie Theater, directed by Garland Wright, Kiss me Kate and The Most Happy Fella at The Goodspeed Opera House, Fiorello, Gypsy, My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Secret Garden at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Gypsy, starring Betty Buckley, and Ragtime at the Paper Mill Playhouse and twelve consecutive seasons of musicals at The St. Louis “Muny” Opera. She collaborated with Stephen Flaherty and Frank Galati on their chamber musical Loving, Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein for the About Face Theater in Chicago and choreographed the 30th Anniversary tour of Annie.
Liza has choreographed and directed The New York Pops Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2010), Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (2014), Holiday Follies (2015) and A Charlie Brown Christmas (2012, 2015) and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (2016). Her adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas has also been presented on the San Francisco Symphony Christmas Concert (2014, 2015). She choreographed the 20th Anniversary concert of Titanic: The Musical at Avery Fisher Hall starring Michael Cerveris and Brian d’Arcy James. Liza is a member of the SDC Executive Board, a Tony Voter, and in 2015 completed a three-year term on the Tony Award Nominating Committee. Hailing from a theatrical family, her father Peter Gennaro was a Tony Award winning choreographer with an extensive career on Broadway, television and film and her brother Michael Gennaro is the executive director of Goodspeed Opera House. A writer and scholar, her chapter, “Evolution of Dance in the Golden Era of the American ‘Book Musical'” appears in The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical and a new chapter, co-written with Stacy Wolf, ‘Dance in Musical Theatre’ appears in the Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater. Liza taught at Barnard College and Princeton University.