Al Blackstone is an Emmy-winning director, choreographer, and educator. He and guest host Mark Osmundsen talk about creating safe spaces in the New York dance community, fostering kindness, and taking care of yourself amid the stresses of a creative life.
Guest Host Mark Osmundsen offers listeners a conversation with Al Blackstone, an Emmy-winning director, choreographer, and educator. Born in New Jersey and raised in a dance studio, Al has called New York City home for more than a decade, and has created many works for stage and screen, including dance narratives such as Freddie Falls in Love (Joyce Theater), Happy We’ll Be (Roseland Ballroom), Elephant in the Room (Arts on Site), NORMA (Steps on Broadway) and Brown Eyed Girl (2011 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence). Al has directed/choreographed reinventions of classic musicals such as An American in Paris (Cape Playhouse), Pippin (Music Theater Wichita) and Annie (Axelrod Performing Arts Center) and has choreographed dozens more around the country and Off-Broadway.
In 2020 Al won an Emmy for his work on the iconic television show So You Think You Can Dance where he has been making dances since 2016.
He is currently on faculty at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and JUMP Dance Convention.