Ameenah Kaplan is a 2008/2009 Ovation Nominee for Best Choreographer for her work in ALICE IN ONE HIT WONDERLAND 2: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS at the Troubadour Theater Company and ALTAR BOYZ at the Celebration Theatre.Â Â She was previously nominated for an Ovation for Best Choreographer in 2002 for her choreography in STEEL: JOHN HENRY & THE SHAKER.
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As an Ovation Award Nominee, LA Stage asked Ameenah the following questions:
What was the moment that first inspired you to pursue working in the theatre?
At age 15, the performing arts high school show choir came to my high school and did a performance.Â I was already contemplating acting and their amazing performance sealed the deal for me.Â The next year, I auditioned for their program!
What do you feel made the production you were nominated for particularly successful, either overall or for you specifically?
Altar Boyz: Without a doubt, the ensemble of amazing actors/singers/dancers!Â They were so willing to play and so gracious and easy going with each other that we were able to push the boundaries and accomplish a lot.Â Also, the freedom and support provided by Patrick Pearson, the director, made the process smooth, cohesive, and enjoyable.
Alice II: Without a doubt, the collaboration with the other choreographers.Â Our styles are very different and together we are able to create a pretty cool tapestry of movement for the amazing Troubies.Â What was originally Matt Walker’s fix for schedule problems has become a unique calling card for the company.
What project or projects are you currently working on? What do you love most about theatre in Los Angeles? What’s your dream project?
Currently, I am remounting It’s a Stevie Wonderful Life at the Carpenter Center and choreographing Frosty the Snowmanilow at the Falcon Theatre for the Troubadour Theater Company.
I love the open playing field that Los Angeles theater is.Â Whatever you dream can become a reality.Â And it doesn’t snow while you’re brainstorming.
My dream project is to create a show that successfully combines spectacle with storytelling and that incorporates martial arts, dance, and drumming with acting.
Biography: Attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.Â West coast drum coach for Blueman Group.Â Original American cast of STOMP.Â Choreography: Altar Boyz for Celebration Theatre; Duel and Steel for Oasis Theater Company; The Legend of Alex and Animal Logic for CTG; A Christmas Carol King, Santa Claus is Coming to Motown, Hamlet the Artist Formerly Known as Prince, The Comedy of Aerosmith, Jack Frost, Alice in One Hit Wonderland II, It’s a Stevie Wonderful Life for Troubadour Theater Company. Sissy for Company of Angels. Prove It On Me for LA Women’s Theater Project.Â Princess Bean’s Messy World for Princess Bean Productions. Original work: Fear – A Fairy Tale for Center Theater Group Sherwood Award.Â Everyman for Himself (2007 NAACP Award: Best Choreography; 2007 LA Weekly Awards: Best Fight Choreography and Best Original Score).Â 2007 Richard E. Sherwood Award from Center Theater Group.
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