Liza Gennaro

College Faculty:
Dean of Musical Theatre
Musical Theatre: Freshman Seminar, Senior Showcase

Liza Gennaro is a choreographer, educator, and writer. Her book Making Broadway Dance, published by Oxford University Press, was released in 2021 and was awarded The 2023 Kurt Weill Book Prize for an outstanding scholarly book on music theater.

On Broadway, Liza 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, FiorelloGypsyMy Fair LadyJesus 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.

Liza 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 been a yearly holiday tradition at San Francisco Symphony. Liza served three consecutive terms as an elected member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Executive Board, served a three-year term on the Tony Award Nominating Committee, and was a Tony Voter for nine years.

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