Baayork Lee

Choreographer, Director

Directing credits include: The King and I (2004-5 tour), R&H’s Cinderella at NY City Opera, Barnum for Cy Coleman in Sydney, Australia, Porgy and Bess and Jesus Christ Superstar’s European Tours. The Kennedy Center’s Carmen Jones (Vanessa Williams) conducted by Placido Domingo, Gypsy (Signature Theater-Arlington, Virginia) and William Finn’s A New Brain. She was Associate Director for Barbara Cook: A Broadway Evening. Credits as resident choreographer for the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center include the World Premiere of Goya (Placido Domingo) and Sly (Jose Carreras), as well as The Merry Widow, Eugene Onegin, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Pearl Fishers, La Rondine, Christopher Columbus, and The Ballad of Baby Doe.

Opera credits include: Aida (Michigan Opera), La Gioconda (Baltimore Opera), Spring Parade (Trieste Festival, Italy), The Nose and The Cunning Little Vixen (Spoleto Festival, Italy). For the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, Baayork has choreographed Damn Yankees, Camelot, Coconuts, Animal Crackers (Helen Hayes Nomination) and South Pacific (Helen Hayes Nomination). In Italy, she choreographed La Cage Aux Folles, Cabaret, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Singin’ in the Rain. An original cast member in a dozen Broadway shows, Baayork created the role of Connie in A Chorus Line. She was Associate Choreographer for Tommy Tune’s My One and Only and Assistant Choreographer for Michael Bennett and has directed over 35 companies of A Chorus Line. Ms Lee is the co-author of On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line published by William Morrow. She is proud to be the recipient of the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Asian Woman Warrior Award from Columbia College in Chicago.