Al Blackstone is a New York City-based director, choreographer, and educator and the recipient of the 2011 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence. Dance Magazine has called his work “sweet, silly, sly…infectious.” While working mostly in musical theatre, his passion for contemporary and jazz dance enriches his unique approach to storytelling. In June of 2016, he directed, choreographed, and wrote the original dance narrative, Freddy Falls In Love, at The Signature Theatre in New York City. It was his second full-length work since Happy We’ll Be premiered at the legendary Roseland Ballroom in July 2012. Most recently, Al created choreography for the original off-Broadway musical, The View Upstairs, currently running at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in downtown Manhattan. He is creating a new piece for the contemporary dance company, 10 Hairy legs, to premiere in June 2017 at BAM.
Al has created new work for So You Think You Can Dance, The Fire Island Dance Festival, Broadway Bares, BC BEAT, Pace University, University of the Arts, Juilliard, and Marymount Manhattan College. Additional credits include Oklahoma! (Music Theater of Wichita), Crazy In Love (a new musical by Kooman and Dimond), Born To Dance (Princess Cruise Lines), and the opening numbers for BCEFA’S Easter Bonnet (2013/2014) and Gypsy of the Year (2015/2016). As an Associate Choreographer Al has worked alongside the great Sonya Tayeh on The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre, NYC), Head Over Heels (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and The Wild Party (City Center). He is the director of Marquee at Dancerpalooza and is currently on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in NYC.