22 Facts About Rob Ashford


Rob Ashford was born on November 19,1959 and is an American stage director and choreographer.


Rob Ashford is a Tony Award, Olivier Award, Emmy Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award winner.


Rob Ashford became interested in theatre with his work in the theatre department, and went on to study dance at Pittsburgh's Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts, graduating in 1983.


Rob Ashford performed in the Pittsburgh theatre scene while in college, appearing with such companies as Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.


Rob Ashford next 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.


Rob Ashford won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Choreography for the Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.


Rob Ashford directed and choreographed Promises, Promises starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth in 2010 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.


Rob Ashford directed Scarlett Johansson in the 2012 revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway.


Rob Ashford directed and choreographed a 2010 pre-Broadway production of Leap of Faith at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles.


In London, Rob Ashford's directing credits include: Parade at the Donmar Warehouse and A Streetcar Named Desire in 2009 at the Donmar Warehouse starring Rachel Weisz.


Rob Ashford directed a revival of Anna Christie, starring Jude Law and Ruth Wilson at the Donmar Warehouse in 2011.


Rob Ashford co-directed, with Jason Moore, the West End production of Shrek The Musical, which ran from 2011 to 2013 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.


Rob Ashford directed and choreographed a musical version of the film Finding Neverland which premiered in autumn 2012 at Curve, Leicester.


Rob Ashford directed and choreographed the new Gershwin musical A Damsel In Distress for Chichester Festival Theatre in 2015.


For television, Rob Ashford 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.


Rob Ashford was the choreographer for the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007 and 2009, and a co-producer for 2011,2012 and 2014.


Rob Ashford collaborated with filmmaker Baz Luhrmann on a production number featuring Hugh Jackman and Beyonce Knowles for The 81st Annual Academy Awards, and won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography.


Rob Ashford served as choreographer for the 85th Academy Awards, 86th Academy Awards, and the 87th Academy Awards.


Rob Ashford choreographed a new production of Candide at the Theatre du Chatelet.


Rob Ashford directed The Barber of Seville for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, which began performances on February 1,2014.


Rob Ashford directed and choreographed Carmen at the Houston Grand Opera in April and May 2014.


Rob Ashford is on the executive committee of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Board of Trustees of The Joyce Theater, Artists' Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors, and has been an associate director at The Old Vic since 2012.