Rob Ashford Biography
Rob Ashford is an American stage director and choreographer. He is a Tony Award, Olivier Award, Emmy Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award winner.
Rob Ashford Age
Rob Ashford was born in Orlando, Florida United States on November 19, 1959. He is 60 years as of 2019. His nationality is American and of white ethnicity.
Rob Ashford Family
Ashford was born in Orlando, Florida and raised in Beckley, West Virginia. He attended Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, in the pre-law program, and graduated in 1982. With his work in the theatre department, he became interested in theatre and went on to study dance at Pittsburgh’s Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts, graduating in 1983.
He performed in the Pittsburgh theatre scene while in college, appearing as Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. After graduation, he moved to New York City, where he shared an apartment with a friend and fellow choreographer Kathleen Marshall.
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Rob Ashford Career
Broadway and Off-Broadway
He made his Broadway first appearance as a dancer in the 1987 Lincoln Center revival of Anything Goes starring Patti LuPone Productions of The Most Happy Fella (1992), Crazy for You (1992), My Favorite Year (1992) (also Dance Captain), Victor/Victoria (1995) (also Dance Captain) and Parade (1998) (also Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer) followed.
He began working as a choreographer when Rob Marshall sent him to re-stage Kiss of the Spider Woman in Buenos Aires. He also served as Associate Choreographer to Kathleen Marshall on the Broadway revival of Ring Round the Moon, in 1999 the 1999 Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate, and Seussical in 2000.
In 2002, he won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Choreography for the Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002). His other credits in Broadway choreography include the Roundabout Theatre production of The Boys from Syracuse at the American Airlines Theatre in 2002, The Wedding Singer (2006) (Tony Nomination), Curtains (2007) (Tony Nomination), Cry-Baby (2008) (Tony Nomination) and Evita starring Ricky Martin (2012) (Tony Nomination).
In 2010, he directed and choreographed Promises, Promises to star Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth (Tony Nomination for Best Choreography) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Laroquette in 2011, receiving Tony Nominations for Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography of a Musical. He also directed Scarlett Johansson in the 2012 revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on Broadway.
For the New York City Center Encores! staged concert series, Ashford has choreographed: Tenderloin (2000), Bloomer Girl (2001), A Connecticut Yankee (2001), and Pardon My English (2004).
He directed and choreographed a 2010 pre-Broadway production of Leap of Faith at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles. In April 2015, he directed and choreographed an acclaimed production of Carousel for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, starring Laura Osnes and Steven Pasquale. He also served as the choreographer of the musical Frozen.
Other off-Broadway credits include Pardon My English (2004), The Thing About Men (2003), Bloomer Girl (2001), A Connecticut Yankee (2001), and Time and Again (2001).
In London, he directed films including Parade at the Donmar Warehouse (2007) (Olivier Nominations for Best Director and Best Theatre Choreographer) and A Streetcar Named Desire in 2009 at the Donmar Warehouse starring Rachel Weisz (Olivier nomination, Best Revival). In 2011, he directed a revival of Anna Christie, starring Jude Law and Ruth Wilson at the Donmar Warehouse. This production won the Olivier Award for Best Revival.
He and Jason Moore, co-directed the West End production of Shrek The Musical, which ran from 2011 to 2013 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. For the Manchester International Festival, he directed Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston in Macbeth in 2013. The production transferred to the Park Ave Armory in New York City for a limited run in June 2014.
His choreography credits include Evita (2007 Olivier Nomination, Best Theatre Choreographer), Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre starring Ewan McGregor and Jane Krakowski (2006 Olivier nomination for Best Theatre Choreographer), and Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Shaftesbury Theatre (2004 Olivier nomination for Best Theatre Choreographer). He directed and choreographed a musical version of the film Finding Neverland which premièred in autumn 2012 at Curve, Leicester.
In 2015, he directed and choreographed the new Gershwin musical A Damsel In Distress for Chichester Festival Theatre. In 2016, he co-directed The Winter’s Tale with Kenneth Branagh in a production that starred Branagh and Judi Dench.
Film and television
Some of his film credits include staging the musical numbers for the Bobby Darin biopic Beyond the Sea starring Kevin Spacey, Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West and Ted 2, and the Disney film Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh.
For television, he has choreographed tributes to Andrew Lloyd Webber, Barbra Streisand, Jerry Hermann, Meryl Streep, Barbara Cook, Shirley MacLaine, and Tom Hanks for The Kennedy Center Honors. In 2007 and 2009b, he was the choreographer for the Kennedy Center Honors and also a co-producer for 2011, 2012 and 2014. He collaborated with filmmaker Baz Luhrmann on a production number featuring Hugh Jackman and Beyoncé Knowles for The 81st Annual Academy Awards and won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography.
He also served as choreographer for the 85th Academy Awards (2013), 86th Academy Awards (2014), and the 87th Academy Awards (2015). In December 2013, he was stage director and choreographer of NBC’s live television presentation, The Sound of Music Live!, and received a DGA Award nomination, and an Emmy Award nomination. He then did the same for NBC’s Peter Pan Live! in 2014, for which he received another DGA Award Nomination.
He is on the executive committee of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Board of Trustees of The Joyce TheaterArtists’ Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors, and has been an Associate Director at The Old Vic since 2012. In 2011, the New York Observer listed him as number 42 on “The New Power Gays: NYC’s Top 50” list; Ashford was selected to Out magazine’s “Out 100” in 2013.
He is directing The Entertainer with Kenneth Branagh for London’s West End. In 2019, he would be directing a film adaptation of Sunset Boulevard, starring Glenn Close.
Rob Ashford Net Worth
Ashford has made money by Celebrities niche. Currently, he has an estimated net worth of $86 Million.
Rob Ashford Awards
- 2002: Tony Award for Best Choreography Thoroughly Modern Millie
- 2008: Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography Cry-Baby
- 2012: Laurence Olivier Cunard Award for Best Revival Anna Christie
- 2009: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography The 88th Annual Academy Awards
- 2008: Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreographer Cry-Baby