Multi-Award Winning Director/Choreographer CHET WALKER has garnered acclaim onstage in theaters across the globe, in television, film, music video and all commercial media.
Perhaps best known as Creator and Co-Choreographer of the Tony – and – multi-international-award-winning FOSSE, Chet has directed and choreographed original new musicals with unwavering success, as well as having mounted extraordinary recreations of classic musical productions in close collaboration with shows’ original creators. His original works range from CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, to original dance pieces created for Compania Internacional de Teatro Musical, the international Jazz/Musical Theater Dance Company which he co-artistic directs in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to JACOBS PILLOW where he serves as Director of the Jazz/Musical Theater Program.
Chet Walker began performing on Broadway at the age of sixteen when he appeared in the first revival of ON THE TOWN . Other Broadway credits include: LORELEI, THE AMBASSADORS, and four Bob Fosse musicals: THE PAJAMA GAME, PIPPIN, DANCIN’ and SWEET CHARITY.
As director/choreographer, Chet’s extensive professional stage credits include SWEET CHARITY in the United States, Holland, Japan, Mexico, Norway and London’s West End, the tenth anniversary tour of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and DORY! A MUSICAL PORTRAIT at the Will Geer Theater in Los Angeles. Other productions include CHICAGO, 42nd STREET, A CHORUS LINE, FOLLIES, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, WORKING, and KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN.
For television, Mr. Walker assisted on the NBC special LORETTA LYNNE COUNTY IN THE BIG APPLE, and is a contributing choreographer on JUST DANCE for Japan’s CTV. His work has been seen on THE ROSIE O’DONNELL SHOW, SHOWTIME, and several international television networks. His work is also familiar to fans of video and has been seen in several television commercials.
Chet originally conceived the 1999 Tony-Award-winning musical FOSSE which also garnered an Outer Critics Circle Award and the Toronto Theater Alliance Award for Choreography. Other award nominations for FOSSE include the L.A. Critics Award and The Outer Critics Circle Award, both for choreography, and The Olivier Award for Conceiver of Best Musical. Chet is also recipient of the L.A. Dramalogue Award for Best Choreography for THE BEST LITTLE WHREHOUSE IN TEXAS ; Sweden’s equivalent of the Tony Award for Best Choreography for ANNIE GET YOUR GUN; and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for his co-choreography of PAL JOEY at the Goodman Theatre. This year, Chet was honored with Israel’s equivalent of the Tony Award for his Choreography of THE PRODUCERS.
Chet is currently at work on two new musicals entitled THE REEL: VALENTINO and AIN’T THAT A KICK IN THE HEAD: The Songs of Sammy Cahn. Recently, Chet directed and choreographed two world premieres in Buenos Aires: HEAT! A Dance Opera, and NIGHT CHASE performed by Julio Bocca and Ballet Argentina. Most recently he has added to his credits SINGING IN THE RAIN in Madrid, THE PRODUCERS in Argentina and Brazil for which he was nominated for an ACE Award for Best Choreography, and The Dancing Man in Norway and SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS here in the states. He completes the year with a new production of CABARET in Serbia.
Chet Walker is Artistic Director of Walker Dance , a nonprofit Musical Theatre Dance Company. In recent years, Walker Dance has premiered the original Dance Opera, SEDUCTION, Off Broadway, and has performed CONFESSIONS OF LOVE in the Doris Duke Theater at the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, where at the Ted Shawn Theater, Chet choreographed ANGER, part of THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS, collaborating with other esteemed choreographic celebrities of the dance world: Robert La Fosse, Richard Move, Annie-B Parson, Lawrence Goldhuber, David Dorfman, and Jamie Bishton. Walker Dance has a new piece about the Marathon Dances of the twenties which is expected to premiere at the Joyce Theatre in the 2008 – 2009 Season.