Trading Places

Coca-Cola Stage
World Premiere Musical

Book by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant
Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner
Choreography by Fatima Robinson
Directed by Kenny Leon
Based on the Paramount motion picture written by Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod
Produced by special arrangement with Marc Madnick and Michael Cassel Group

Inspired by the beloved film, TRADING PLACES is a hilarious world-premiere musical pitting nature against nurture in a modern-day prince and the pauper story. When the lives of a poor street hustler and a privileged stockbroker are swapped as part of an elaborate bet between wealthy brothers, each is challenged in a way they never imagined. With the help of a charming and unlikely cast of characters, the pawns team up to take their revenge in a comedic and fitting turn that leaves them forever changed for the better. Set in the 80s decade of shoulder pads and big hair, and reimagined through today’s societal lens, audiences will walk out of the theater “looking good, feeling good.” TRADING PLACES is helmed by an exciting creative team including television and film writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum, Reno 911), musical writing team Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner (First Date), and Tony Award-winning director, Kenny Leon (A Soldier’s Play, A Raisin in the Sun).

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Writers

ALAN ZACHARY & MICHAEL WEINER (Music & Lyrics) wrote the score for the Broadway musical comedy FIRST DATE, which premiered at the Longacre Theatre starring Zachary Levi and has subsequently had over two hundred productions around the world. Their stage musical adaptation of Paramount’s TRADING PLACES will have its world premiere at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in Spring 2022, directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (book: Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant).

Zachary and Weiner are currently writing the screenplay and songs for an original live-action movie musical for TriStar Pictures (Jason Reed Productions). Additionally, they’re writing a movie musical for Disney+, produced by Suzanne Todd.

The duo contributed the first original song for HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES (Disney+) and penned all the songs for the critically acclaimed musical episode of ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME. They’ve also developed pilots, movies and songs for ABC, CW, FOX, Disney Channel, VH1, Nickelodeon and Amazon Studios.

Upcoming stage musicals: 17 AGAIN (dir: Adam Shankman) and 13 GOING ON 30 (dir: Andy Fickman). The team also wrote music and lyrics for a stage musical adaptation of the cult family film SECONDHAND LIONS (book: Rupert Holmes / prod: Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures) which debuted at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre (world premiere recording on Broadway Records).

Zachary & Weiner are recipients of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, presented by Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz.

Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner
Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner
Music & Lyrics

ALAN ZACHARY & MICHAEL WEINER (Music & Lyrics) wrote the score for the Broadway musical comedy FIRST DATE, which premiered at the Longacre Theatre starring Zachary Levi and has subsequently had over two hundred productions around the world. Their stage musical adaptation of Paramount’s TRADING PLACES will have its world premiere at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in Spring 2022, directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (book: Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant).

Zachary and Weiner are currently writing the screenplay and songs for an original live-action movie musical for TriStar Pictures (Jason Reed Productions). Additionally, they’re writing a movie musical for Disney+, produced by Suzanne Todd.

The duo contributed the first original song for HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES (Disney+) and penned all the songs for the critically acclaimed musical episode of ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME. They’ve also developed pilots, movies and songs for ABC, CW, FOX, Disney Channel, VH1, Nickelodeon and Amazon Studios.

Upcoming stage musicals: 17 AGAIN (dir: Adam Shankman) and 13 GOING ON 30 (dir: Andy Fickman). The team also wrote music and lyrics for a stage musical adaptation of the cult family film SECONDHAND LIONS (book: Rupert Holmes / prod: Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures) which debuted at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre (world premiere recording on Broadway Records).

Zachary & Weiner are recipients of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, presented by Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz.

ROBERT BEN GARANT (Book) Garant is from Cookeville, Tennessee. He wrote the horror films Jessabelle and The Veil for Blumhouse, and co-created Reno 911! which ran for six seasons from 2003-2009 on Comedy Central. Reno 911 also spawned a movie which Garant also directed. Since then, Reno 911 has been rebooted for two new seasons at Roku and a streaming special, Reno 911 – The Hunt for QAnon, which is soon to be released on Paramount+. Garant also co-created and wrote the Night at the Museum film franchise. 

Robert Ben Garant
Robert Ben Garant
Book

ROBERT BEN GARANT (Book) Garant is from Cookeville, Tennessee. He wrote the horror films Jessabelle and The Veil for Blumhouse, and co-created Reno 911! which ran for six seasons from 2003-2009 on Comedy Central. Reno 911 also spawned a movie which Garant also directed. Since then, Reno 911 has been rebooted for two new seasons at Roku and a streaming special, Reno 911 – The Hunt for QAnon, which is soon to be released on Paramount+. Garant also co-created and wrote the Night at the Museum film franchise. 

THOMAS LENNON (Book) is an actor, producer and New York Times Best Selling author from Oak Park, Illinois. He attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he was a member of the influential sketch comedy group The StateThe State’s hit television series ran on MTV for three seasons and received an Ace Award nomination for Best Comedy Series.

After his work on The State, he and his writing partner, Robert Ben Garant, created two more popular series: Viva Variety, which ran for three seasons and was also an Ace nominee for Best Comedy Series, and Reno 911!, on which he also played Lieutenant Jim Dangle. Reno 911! aired for six seasons on Comedy Central before being revived for a seventh season and nominated for an Emmy Award in 2020. Season 8 of Reno 911! is currently in post-production.

Lennon and Garant have also written numerous feature films together, including Night at the Museum, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Reno 911!: Miami, The Pacifier, Balls of Fury and Hell Baby. In addition to writing films, Lennon and Garant co-authored, Writing Movies for Fun and Profit, a book about the studio system that Anna Kendrick called, “The Best Book about Hollywood… Hilarious and insanely accurate,” in The New York Times.

In 2019, Lennon debuted on The New York’s Bestseller List with his children’s book Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. The narrative follows fourteen-year old Ronan Boyle, the youngest and lowliest recruit to the secret Garda – an Irish police force that handles the misdeeds of numerous magical creatures.

Ronan sets on a mission to prove his parents innocence as he is convinced they were framed by the wee people. In March of 2020, Lennon released the sequel with Ronan Boyle and the Swamp of Certain Death. The third installment of the series Ronan Boyle: Into the Strangeplace is on sale this year. A DreamWorks Animation feature film of the Ronan Boyle series is currently in development, with Fergal Reilly (Angry Birds) directing. 

As an actor, Lennon has appeared in the films Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Dark Knight Rises, Le Divorce, Heights, Conversations with Other Women, Memento, 17 Again, I Love You, Man, Cedar Rapids, Knight of Cups, Bad Teacher, Harold and Kumar 3D and What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

His other credits include Netflix’s A Futile and Stupid GestureHalf Magic opposite Heather Graham and Clint Eastwood’s The 15:57 to Paris. He can be seen in the Russo Brother’s upcoming film CHERRY, with Tom Holland

On television he has been seen in How I Met Your Mother, Sean Saves the World, The Odd Couple, Drunk History, The Santa Clarita Diet, Supergirl, Lethal Weapon, and The Twilight Zone.

Lennon lives in Los Angeles and Wisconsin with his wife, the actress Jenny Robertson, and their son, Oliver.

Thomas Lennon
Thomas Lennon
Book

THOMAS LENNON (Book) is an actor, producer and New York Times Best Selling author from Oak Park, Illinois. He attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he was a member of the influential sketch comedy group The StateThe State’s hit television series ran on MTV for three seasons and received an Ace Award nomination for Best Comedy Series.

After his work on The State, he and his writing partner, Robert Ben Garant, created two more popular series: Viva Variety, which ran for three seasons and was also an Ace nominee for Best Comedy Series, and Reno 911!, on which he also played Lieutenant Jim Dangle. Reno 911! aired for six seasons on Comedy Central before being revived for a seventh season and nominated for an Emmy Award in 2020. Season 8 of Reno 911! is currently in post-production.

Lennon and Garant have also written numerous feature films together, including Night at the Museum, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Reno 911!: Miami, The Pacifier, Balls of Fury and Hell Baby. In addition to writing films, Lennon and Garant co-authored, Writing Movies for Fun and Profit, a book about the studio system that Anna Kendrick called, “The Best Book about Hollywood… Hilarious and insanely accurate,” in The New York Times.

In 2019, Lennon debuted on The New York’s Bestseller List with his children’s book Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. The narrative follows fourteen-year old Ronan Boyle, the youngest and lowliest recruit to the secret Garda – an Irish police force that handles the misdeeds of numerous magical creatures.

Ronan sets on a mission to prove his parents innocence as he is convinced they were framed by the wee people. In March of 2020, Lennon released the sequel with Ronan Boyle and the Swamp of Certain Death. The third installment of the series Ronan Boyle: Into the Strangeplace is on sale this year. A DreamWorks Animation feature film of the Ronan Boyle series is currently in development, with Fergal Reilly (Angry Birds) directing. 

As an actor, Lennon has appeared in the films Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Dark Knight Rises, Le Divorce, Heights, Conversations with Other Women, Memento, 17 Again, I Love You, Man, Cedar Rapids, Knight of Cups, Bad Teacher, Harold and Kumar 3D and What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

His other credits include Netflix’s A Futile and Stupid GestureHalf Magic opposite Heather Graham and Clint Eastwood’s The 15:57 to Paris. He can be seen in the Russo Brother’s upcoming film CHERRY, with Tom Holland

On television he has been seen in How I Met Your Mother, Sean Saves the World, The Odd Couple, Drunk History, The Santa Clarita Diet, Supergirl, Lethal Weapon, and The Twilight Zone.

Lennon lives in Los Angeles and Wisconsin with his wife, the actress Jenny Robertson, and their son, Oliver.

Director

TINASHE KAJESE-BOLDEN (Associate Director) is an Award-Winning Director, Actor, Producer. She is the BOLD Artistic Director Fellow at the Alliance Theater and driven to create stories that celebrate our differences while building community. Tinashe is a Princess Grace 2019 Award Winner for Directing, and Map Fund Award recipient to develop her devised new work ALL SMILES for Theater for the Very Young, centering the experience of children on the Autism Spectrum. Recent theatre directing productions include School Girls (Or the African Mean Girls Play) at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, Ghost at The Alliance Theater, Native Gardens (Virginia Stage Company), Pipeline (Horizon Theater), Nick’s Flamingo Grill (World Premiere at The Alliance Theatre, Hertz Stage), Eclipsed (Synchronicity Theatre, Best Director Suzi Bass Award). Upcoming projects: Lydia Diamond’s ‘Toni Stone’ at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and The Alliance Theatre, and Candrice Jone’s ‘Flex’ at Theatrical Outfit for their 2021-22 Season. As a director and actor, she has worked On + Off Broadway, including The Imperial Theatre, Primary Stages, 59E59 Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem; and regionally at Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth Theater Co, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Geva Theatre, CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, among others, as well as recurring roles on TV/Film (Suicide Squad, Marvel’s Hawkeye, CW’s Valor, Dynasty, HBO’s Henrietta Lacks and currently filming Season 2 of Ava Duverney’s Cherish the Day.) She proudly serves on the ARTS-ATL Artist Advisory Council “My mission is the pursuit of what connects our different communities and how we create art that serves that.”

Tinashe Kajese-Bolden
Tinashe Kajese-Bolden
Associate Director

TINASHE KAJESE-BOLDEN (Associate Director) is an Award-Winning Director, Actor, Producer. She is the BOLD Artistic Director Fellow at the Alliance Theater and driven to create stories that celebrate our differences while building community. Tinashe is a Princess Grace 2019 Award Winner for Directing, and Map Fund Award recipient to develop her devised new work ALL SMILES for Theater for the Very Young, centering the experience of children on the Autism Spectrum. Recent theatre directing productions include School Girls (Or the African Mean Girls Play) at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, Ghost at The Alliance Theater, Native Gardens (Virginia Stage Company), Pipeline (Horizon Theater), Nick’s Flamingo Grill (World Premiere at The Alliance Theatre, Hertz Stage), Eclipsed (Synchronicity Theatre, Best Director Suzi Bass Award). Upcoming projects: Lydia Diamond’s ‘Toni Stone’ at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and The Alliance Theatre, and Candrice Jone’s ‘Flex’ at Theatrical Outfit for their 2021-22 Season. As a director and actor, she has worked On + Off Broadway, including The Imperial Theatre, Primary Stages, 59E59 Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem; and regionally at Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth Theater Co, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Geva Theatre, CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, among others, as well as recurring roles on TV/Film (Suicide Squad, Marvel’s Hawkeye, CW’s Valor, Dynasty, HBO’s Henrietta Lacks and currently filming Season 2 of Ava Duverney’s Cherish the Day.) She proudly serves on the ARTS-ATL Artist Advisory Council “My mission is the pursuit of what connects our different communities and how we create art that serves that.”

KENNY LEON (Director) is a Tony and Obie Award-winning; Emmy-nominated; Broadway and Television director. Most recently, he directed Lifetime’s Emmy-nominated Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia. Currently on Netflix, Kenny directed Amend: The Fight for America, a six-part docuseries hosted by Will Smith. Last year, he directed the Tony Award--winning Broadway premiere of Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece, A Soldier's Play starring Blair Underwood and David Alan Grier at Roundabout Theatre Company for which he also received a nomination for Best Director. He also directed the acclaimed production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Delacorte/Shakespeare in the Park. His Broadway credits include the recent production of A Soldier's Play, American Son starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale which was also adapted for Netflix, the revival of Children of a Lesser God, the Tupac musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington (Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play and Best Revival of a Play), The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Stick Fly produced by Alicia Keys, August Wilson’s Fences (which garnered ten Tony nominations and won three Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play), Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf, as well as A Raisin in the Sun starring Sean “Diddy” Combs, Phylicia Rashad, and Audra McDonald. He also directed Smart People and The Underlying Chris for Second Stage.  Leon’s television work includes “Hairspray Live!”, and “The Wiz Live!” on NBC. He recently released his memoir Take You Wherever You Go. He is the recipient of the 2016 Mr. Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing and the 2010 Award for Excellence in Directing from the Drama League. Mr. Leon serves on the board of New York's Public Theater and is Artistic Director Emeritus of Atlanta's Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. He is currently serving as Senior Resident Director at Roundabout Theatre Company.

Prior to co-founding True Colors Theatre Company, he served 11 years as Artistic Director of the Alliance Theatre, where he produced the premieres of Disney's Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida, Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky and Alfred Uhry's The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Other directorial credits include Alicia Keys World Tour, Toni Morrison's opera Margaret Garner, the world premiere of Flashdance The Musical, and the complete August Wilson Century Cycle at the Kennedy Center. Leon is a sought-after motivational speaker that has done acting and theatre workshops at universities and corporate offices around the country, South Africa and Ireland. He has directed in the UK, and extensively throughout the US, including Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Boston's Huntington Theatre, Baltimore's Center Stage, Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group and New York's Public Theatre. Leon is a graduate of Clark Atlanta and is an honorary Ph.D. recipient of Clark Atlanta and Roosevelt Universities and has served as the Denzel Washington Chair at Fordham University.

Kenny Leon
Kenny Leon
Director

KENNY LEON (Director) is a Tony and Obie Award-winning; Emmy-nominated; Broadway and Television director. Most recently, he directed Lifetime’s Emmy-nominated Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia. Currently on Netflix, Kenny directed Amend: The Fight for America, a six-part docuseries hosted by Will Smith. Last year, he directed the Tony Award--winning Broadway premiere of Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece, A Soldier's Play starring Blair Underwood and David Alan Grier at Roundabout Theatre Company for which he also received a nomination for Best Director. He also directed the acclaimed production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Delacorte/Shakespeare in the Park. His Broadway credits include the recent production of A Soldier's Play, American Son starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale which was also adapted for Netflix, the revival of Children of a Lesser God, the Tupac musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington (Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play and Best Revival of a Play), The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Stick Fly produced by Alicia Keys, August Wilson’s Fences (which garnered ten Tony nominations and won three Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play), Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf, as well as A Raisin in the Sun starring Sean “Diddy” Combs, Phylicia Rashad, and Audra McDonald. He also directed Smart People and The Underlying Chris for Second Stage.  Leon’s television work includes “Hairspray Live!”, and “The Wiz Live!” on NBC. He recently released his memoir Take You Wherever You Go. He is the recipient of the 2016 Mr. Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing and the 2010 Award for Excellence in Directing from the Drama League. Mr. Leon serves on the board of New York's Public Theater and is Artistic Director Emeritus of Atlanta's Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. He is currently serving as Senior Resident Director at Roundabout Theatre Company.

Prior to co-founding True Colors Theatre Company, he served 11 years as Artistic Director of the Alliance Theatre, where he produced the premieres of Disney's Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida, Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky and Alfred Uhry's The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Other directorial credits include Alicia Keys World Tour, Toni Morrison's opera Margaret Garner, the world premiere of Flashdance The Musical, and the complete August Wilson Century Cycle at the Kennedy Center. Leon is a sought-after motivational speaker that has done acting and theatre workshops at universities and corporate offices around the country, South Africa and Ireland. He has directed in the UK, and extensively throughout the US, including Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Boston's Huntington Theatre, Baltimore's Center Stage, Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group and New York's Public Theatre. Leon is a graduate of Clark Atlanta and is an honorary Ph.D. recipient of Clark Atlanta and Roosevelt Universities and has served as the Denzel Washington Chair at Fordham University.

Creative

FATIMA ROBINSON (Choreographer) As The New York Times notes, Fatima Robinson is “one of the most sought-after hip-hop and popular music choreographers in the world”. Fatima was recently nominated for a Emmy award for producing the highly regarded 2021 Grammy Awards. Fatima’s film resume reads like a who’s who of Hollywood having choreographed the critically acclaimed Dreamgirls, Coming 2 America 2, The Harder They Fall, American Gangster, Public Enemy, Ali, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Space Jam 2 as well as working with stars like Will Smith, Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Colin Farrell, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, The Rock, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Queen Latifah, and Academy Award winning directors such as Michael Mann, Mike Nichols, Ridley Scott, and the list goes on.

She has choreographed many memorable television performances including five different Academy Awards performances. Fatima’s television choreography has been featured on such popular shows as Queens, Blackish, Grownish, American Soul, the Voice, Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol and NBC’s live musical the Wiz. Fatima also notably choreographed the 2011 Super Bowl Halftime show with the Black Eyed Peas and the Coachella performances including the Tupac Hologram, Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, Brockhampton, and Halsey.

Fatima’s unique vision expands beyond just the steps of the choreography and into the outstanding overall look of these events as producer. She recently executive produced “Taking the Stage: Changing America”, the concert honoring the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. She was also invited to teach a master class at the White House to celebrate African American Women and Dance. Fatima has also been the creative director behind such notable events as Fashion Rocks, BET Awards, The American Music Awards, and the Grammy’s. Renowned for her ability to blend classic dancestyles with her distinct hip hop flavor, Fatima has choreographed for notable spots including Gucci, Chanel, Burberry, Target, H&M, Pepsi, Gap, Apple, Nissan, Verizon, Motorola and Heineken. In addition, through her work with artists such as Britney Spears, Meghan Trainor, Pharrell Williams, Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Lana Del Rey, Usher, Sade, Prince, Rihanna, Major Lazer, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J Blige.

Named one of Entertainment Weekly’s “100 Most Creative People in Entertainment,” she has received numerous MTV VMA nominations for Best Choreography. Her work as a choreographer and video director for the Black Eyed earner her a win for Best Hip Hop Video for “My Humps” and Best Choreography for “Hey Mama”. Fatima was also the creative force behind breaking artist Meghan Trainor and was the director of “All About The Bass” (over 2 billion You Tube hits and counting), “Dear Future Husband” and “No”. Fatima was also nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Choreographer – Off-Broadway, for her theatrical debut, Radiant Baby, a musical based on the life of artist Keith Haring, produced and directed by George C. Wolfe at the New York Public Theater.

Upcoming projects include the 2022 Superbowl and the highly anticipated Warner Bros. musical The Color Purple.

Fatima Robinson
Fatima Robinson
Choreographer

FATIMA ROBINSON (Choreographer) As The New York Times notes, Fatima Robinson is “one of the most sought-after hip-hop and popular music choreographers in the world”. Fatima was recently nominated for a Emmy award for producing the highly regarded 2021 Grammy Awards. Fatima’s film resume reads like a who’s who of Hollywood having choreographed the critically acclaimed Dreamgirls, Coming 2 America 2, The Harder They Fall, American Gangster, Public Enemy, Ali, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Space Jam 2 as well as working with stars like Will Smith, Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Colin Farrell, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, The Rock, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Queen Latifah, and Academy Award winning directors such as Michael Mann, Mike Nichols, Ridley Scott, and the list goes on.

She has choreographed many memorable television performances including five different Academy Awards performances. Fatima’s television choreography has been featured on such popular shows as Queens, Blackish, Grownish, American Soul, the Voice, Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol and NBC’s live musical the Wiz. Fatima also notably choreographed the 2011 Super Bowl Halftime show with the Black Eyed Peas and the Coachella performances including the Tupac Hologram, Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, Brockhampton, and Halsey.

Fatima’s unique vision expands beyond just the steps of the choreography and into the outstanding overall look of these events as producer. She recently executive produced “Taking the Stage: Changing America”, the concert honoring the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. She was also invited to teach a master class at the White House to celebrate African American Women and Dance. Fatima has also been the creative director behind such notable events as Fashion Rocks, BET Awards, The American Music Awards, and the Grammy’s. Renowned for her ability to blend classic dancestyles with her distinct hip hop flavor, Fatima has choreographed for notable spots including Gucci, Chanel, Burberry, Target, H&M, Pepsi, Gap, Apple, Nissan, Verizon, Motorola and Heineken. In addition, through her work with artists such as Britney Spears, Meghan Trainor, Pharrell Williams, Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Lana Del Rey, Usher, Sade, Prince, Rihanna, Major Lazer, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J Blige.

Named one of Entertainment Weekly’s “100 Most Creative People in Entertainment,” she has received numerous MTV VMA nominations for Best Choreography. Her work as a choreographer and video director for the Black Eyed earner her a win for Best Hip Hop Video for “My Humps” and Best Choreography for “Hey Mama”. Fatima was also the creative force behind breaking artist Meghan Trainor and was the director of “All About The Bass” (over 2 billion You Tube hits and counting), “Dear Future Husband” and “No”. Fatima was also nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Choreographer – Off-Broadway, for her theatrical debut, Radiant Baby, a musical based on the life of artist Keith Haring, produced and directed by George C. Wolfe at the New York Public Theater.

Upcoming projects include the 2022 Superbowl and the highly anticipated Warner Bros. musical The Color Purple.

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