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CCPA Assistant Professor Jane Lanier

Broadway sensation Jane Lanier joins Musical Theatre-Dance program

Posted: 11/08/2013

By Laura Janota

Jane Lanier and Luis Perez in Jane Lanier is the newest faculty member in Roosevelt's Theatre Conservatory.

She is also a successful performer, choreographer and director who built her career as a singer/dancer/actress.

"Most musical theatre programs are geared toward singer/ dancers. I'm very excited to be heading up a program that is geared toward the dancer/ singer," said Lanier, who has appeared in six Broadway shows and worked with two legendary choreographers, Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse.

Like many students enrolled this fall in the conservatory's new dance-focused musical theatre program, Lanier began dancing at seven years of age and joined a ballet company in her hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind., at 12.

By 19, Roosevelt's new assistant professor of musical theatre was touring nationally and at 21 years of age she made her Broadway debut.

"When i heard about the program, I knew I wanted to be a part of it," said Lanier, who has previously taught musical theatre in California, including at the American Musical Dramatic Academy.

"I know from experience that dancing is a musthave skill if you want to make it professionally," said Lanier, who was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk awards and has choreographed/directed dozens of shows in addition to acting for TV, film and commercials.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for me to give back what I have learned," said Lanier, who this fall teaches ballet and jazz dance.

Contact Jane Lanier at jlanier@roosevelt.edu.