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Keith Lee Grant

Professor

School/Division

Division of Humanities and the Arts

Department

Theatre and Speech

Office

CG 313

p: 212-650-5960

e: kgrant@ccny.cuny.edu

  • Profile

    Educational Philosophy

    My primary goal as a teacher of theatre arts is to prepare my students for the challenges that they will undoubtedly encounter when they move on to graduate programs or into professional careers. A comprehensive curriculum (voice, movement, acting technique, theatre history and text analysis, etc.) is paramount to the achievement of this goal. Consequently, I work to expose my students to a diverse and challenging range of exercises, projects, texts and written assignments that will prepare them for their professional careers as actors, directors, producers, designers or stage technicians, etc. 
  • Education

    Degrees

    M.F.A. The Yale Drama School
    M.A. The Pennsylvania State University
    B.F.A. The University of Utah

    Certificate

    The American Conservatory Theater's Actor Training Program

    Other Training and Education

    Alvin Ailey Dance Center
    Society of Fight Directors and Choreographers, Utah
    Shakespeare Festival
    Repertory Dance Theater
    Summer Workshop 1974
    STEPS Dance Center
    Theater for a New Audience,
    Summer Shakespeare Workshop 2002 
  • Courses Taught

    Body Movement
    Musical Theatre Workshop
    Black Theatre USA part I

  • Publications

    "An Acting Experience"
    The Actor's Image : Movement Training For Stage and Screen by Jean Sabatine
    Backstage Books, 1995

    "Introduction"
    Jazz Dance Theatre Technique DVD by Jean Sabatine, Directed by Keith Lee Grant, Produced by the University of Connecticut - Storrs
    Released by Insight Media, January 2010

    Grant Vs. Cornell
    http://www.grantvscornell.com/
     
  • Additional Information

    Awards and Grants

    2013/14 Yip Harburg Foundation Grant
    2013 AUDELCO Nomination for Best Director of a Musical
    2013 AUDELCO Nomination for Best Choreographer of a Musical
    2013 AUDELCO Nomination for Outstanding Musical Production
    Yale University, Leon Burkes Walker Scholarship
    The American Conservatory Theatre, Performance Scholarship
    Luther College, Academic Scholarship
    2010 AUDELCO Award for Best Director of a Musical
    2010 AUDELCO Award for Best Choreographer of a Musical
    2010 AUDELCO Nomination for Outstanding Musical Production
    2009 AUDELCO Nomination for Best Director of a Musical
    2009 AUDELCO Nomination for Best Choreography
    2009 AUDELCO Nomination for Musical Production of the Year
    2009 Yip Harburg Foundation Grant
    2004 Impact Ensemble Theatre's Dream-keeper Award

     

    Recordings

    ABIE'S ISLAND ROSE: Original Cast Album (With Heather MacRae, Steven Rosen and Carla Woods)

    MARIE CHRISTINE: Original Cast Album (With Audra MacDonald, Mary Testa, Vivian Reed and Darius DeHass

    REUNION: Original Cast Album (with Don Burroughs, Donna Lynne Champlin, Jonathan Hadley and Harriet Foy)

     

    Acting

    Broadway/National
    RAGTIME (Booker T. Washington/ Coalhouse U/S)
    MARIE CHRISTINE (Jean L'Adresse)
    SHOW BOAT (Ensemble)

    Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway
    THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL…, Playwrights Horizon
    ABIE'S ISLAND ROSE, The Jewish Repertory Theatre
    REUNION, Amas Musical Theatre
    IN DAHOMEY, New Federal Theatre
    SPIN, York Theatre (reading)
    GENEOLOGY, The Kitchen Theatre


    Regional/Acting (Representative)

    The Yale Repertory Theatre
    LOVE'S LABOURS LOST
    TIMON OF ATHENS
    BEEF NO CHICKEN
    MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS (understudy)

    Ashland Oregon Shakespeare Festival
    THE TEMPEST
    HENRY VI part 2
    THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
    A TASTE OF HONEY
    MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN
    TARTUFFE
    KING LEAR

    Indiana Repertory Theatre
    MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

    Syracuse Stage
    A CHRISTMAS CAROL

    The Connecticut Repertory Theatre
    FENCES
    ANYTHING GOES

    The Pioneer Theatre
    KISS ME KATE
    SHE LOVES ME
    NO NO NANETTE
    MY FAIR LADY

    Theatre 138
    CARNIVAL
    JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS
    GYPSY
    THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
    THE REHEARSAL

    Atlantic Theatre Company (Barnstable, MA)
    A MIDSUMMERS NIGHT'S DREAM
    THE THREE PENNY OPERA
    THE ROOT OF THE MANDRAKE

    The Ivoryton Playhouse
    JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS
    A JEROME KERN REVUE

    North Shore Musical Theatre
    ABYSSINIA

    Jazz Dance Theater (Guest Artist)


    Directing

    Theatre For The New City
    FLAHOOLEY

    Hamilton, Bermuda
    DREAMGIRLS

    The Cincinnati Opera
    MARGARET GARNER (Selected Scenes)

    The Germantown Performing Arts Center (Memphis, TN)
    THE PROMISE (Opera)

    TheatreworksUSA
    THE COLOR OF JUSTICE (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 NATIONAL TOUR)
    PLAY TO WIN (2006 NATIONAL TOUR)
    ROSA PARKS (2008 Workshop)

    Circa 21 Dinner Theatre
    VOYAGE TO NEVER NEVER LAND

    The Harlem Repertory Theater
    WEST SIDE STORY
    FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY (A double bill)
    FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
    DREAMGIRLS (2012 Revival)
    AIN'T MISBEHAVIN
    AS YOU LIKE IT
    FINIAN'S RAINBOW
    TAMBOURINES TO GLORY
    THE WIZ
    VODU
    HAIR
    ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
    CABARET
    DREAMGIRLS
    BYE BYE BIRDIE
    THE WIZ (2009 Revival)
    FLAHOOLEY

    The Connecticut Rep
    SOUTH PACIFIC
    CARNIVAL

    The Nebraska Repertory Theatre
    SHE LOVES ME
    PIPPIN

    The Yale Cabaret
    2x2x4

    Dartmouth College
    BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE

    NYU Tisch School of the Arts
    SHORT EYES
    DUTCHMAN

    NYU HotInk New Play Reading Festival
    ALKI
    REMEMBERANCE
    SWEET MAMA STRINGBEAN

    Cornell University
    WEST SIDE STORY
    AS YOU LIKE IT
    THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE
    CABARET
    THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD

    The Stella Adler Conservatory
    TAMBOURINES TO GLORY

    Ashland Shakespeare Festival (Black Swan Project)
    MY FAVORITE THINGS
    THE APPLE TREE

    Summer Music Theatre
    MAME
    BYE BYE BIRDIE

    The University of Nebraska
    SWEENEY TODD
    PIPPIN
    THE DEVILS
    PICNIC
    BROADWAY MELODIES
    LA CABARET

    Western Illinois University
    COWBOY MOUTH
    A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
    SWEET CHARITY
    AS YOU LIKE IT
    ADVENTURES TO NEVER NEVER LAND
    CABARET


    Choreography

    Theatre for The New City
    FLAHOOLEY

    Hamilton, Bermuda
    DREAM GIRLS

    The Cincinnati Opera
    MARGARET GARNER (Selected Scenes)

    The Germantown Performing Arts Center (Memphis, TN)
    THE PROMISE (Opera)

    TheatreworksUSA
    THE COLOR OF JUSTICE (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 NATIONAL TOUR)
    PLAY TO WIN (2006 NATIONAL TOUR)
    ROSA PARKS (2008 Workshop)

    Circa 21 Dinner Theatre
    THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN
    VOYAGE TO NEVER NEVER LAND

    The Harlem Repertory Theatre
    FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY (A double bill)
    FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
    DREAMGIRLS (2012 Revival)
    AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
    FINIAN'S RAINBOW
    TAMBOURINES TO GLORY
    THE WIZ
    VODU
    HAIR
    ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
    CABARET
    DREAMGIRLS
    BYE BYE BIRDIE
    THE WIZ (2009 Revival)
    FLAHOOLEY

    The Connecticut Rep
    SOUTH PACIFIC
    CARNIVAL
    PIPPIN

    The Nebraska Repertory Theatre
    SHE LOVES ME
    PIPPIN

    The Yale Cabaret
    2x2x4

    Cornell University
    WEST SIDE STORY
    CABARET

    Ashland Shakespeare Festival (Black Swan Project)
    MY FAVORITE THINGS
    THE APPLE TREE

    Summer Music Theatre
    MAME
    BYE BYE BIRDIE

    The University of Nebraska
    SWEENEY TODD
    PIPPIN
    BROADWAY MELODIES
    LA CABARET

    Western Illinois University
    A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
    SWEET CHARITY
    ADVENTURES TO NEVER NEVER LAND
    CABARET
    BYE BYE BIRDIE
    MAME
    THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
    DREAMGIRLS

    The City College of New York
    THE APPLE TREE
    WEST SIDE STORY
    CABARET
    HAIR
    THE WIZARD OF OZ
    YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
    A BRONX CHRISTMAS CAROL
    A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
    PERICLES
    THE WINTER'S TALE

     

    Television

    All My Children
    Another World
    One Life to Live
    The Edge of Night
    Jazz (Voice-over, Ken Burns Series)
    The Jay Leno Show


    Professional Associations

    The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers : Full Member (2006-Present)
    Harlem Repertory Theatre, Founder and Artistic Director (2004-Present)
    Oregon Dance Theater (Artistic Coordinator 1987-89)
    American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (1982-Present)
    Actors Equity Association (1984-Present)
    Screen Actor's Guild (2012-Present)


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