Broadway sensation Jane Lanier joins Musical Theatre-Dance program
By Laura Janota
Jane Lanier is the newest faculty
member in Roosevelt's
She is also a successful performer,
director who built her career as
"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
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.