JOSH WALDENDIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER Michael Einfeld Management (818) 752-4238
Mission StatementJosh Walden founded a dance company, Walden Dance Theatre, with the desire to marry America’s classiclegacy of expression through dance with the realities of today’s culture and society. Through his work withthis company, he quickly discovered there lies great potential and value in taking the theatricality and traditionsof musical theatre to another level by emphasizing the power of one element: movement. Building on thefoundation laid by such visionaries as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, Walden strives to marry this discipline andstyle with contemporary themes and music to tell new stories and reinvent those which are familiar. He alsodesires coupling the technical skills of dancing with the tools of the acting world to create a highly charged theatrical setting while exploring the power of being still.
A Day in the Life of Ordinary People “His music and dance frequently flash with originality and flair.” -Miriam Horn, The New York Times Hairspray “...Hairspray is a big brash show that punches out lively numbers with great dance routines that are a tribute to the skills of the performers and the choreographer Josh Walden.”Roy Bradbrook, Dan’s Papers-
Josh had the amazing opportunity to work with puppet designerEric Wright on the Off Broadway Revival of Seussicalfor TheatreworksUSA, directed and choreographed by Tonynominated Marcia Milgrom Dodge. He was also given the responsibility to create an entire physical score for the 3 Bird Girls.
Using elements found in the Brazilian art form Capoeira and drawing from various iconic, religious poses, Josh created a world for the rock opera Fallen Angel, featured in the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival, where freedom of touch and movement distinguished the separation between good and evil. “And, as choreographer, director Walden keeps the cast in constant movement, particularly in the wild devil scenes where boots and leather, lust and violence, prevail.” -Irene Backalenick, BackstageFallen Angel
My Fair Lady A Chorus Line “Right off the bat with the sparkling choreography of Josh Walden, the audience knew that it was in for a treat.” -Bev Sykes, The Davis Enterprise On The Town “Between Josh Walden’s creditable direction and snap-to choreography...this one tracks “The choreography by Josh Walden was true and straight into the theater bull’s-eye!” faultless. This young choreographer should -Tony Curulla, Syracuse.com go on to greater heights if this memorable production is any indication.” -Richard Connema, talkingbroadway.com
Josh spent the winter of 2011 in Tampa,FL working with the Tianyicheng Troupe,20 young male and female bounce stiltacrobats from China, to create a highlycharged theatrical act featuring dance,somersaults and basketball maneuvers forRingling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’sFully Charged, the all-new, 141st edition ofThe Greatest Show On Earth!
In the Fall of 2009, Josh helped his mentor, MarciaMilgrom Dodge, take her Helen Hayes Award winningKennedy Center revival production of Ragtime toBroadway. As the Associate Director/AssociateChoreographer, he assisted in the creation of a humanassembly line of red and white tires and choreographeda repetitive, modern dance depicting the Lawrencemill workers at their looms.
ALL IS LOVE, Walden Dance Theatre’s First Full Length Dance Musical “...it is refreshing to sit back and enjoy a dance drama that reminds us of the days of Kelly, Caron and Astaire. The dancers’ expressions along with their movements told the story well. The ecstatic reaction of the audience indicates that this is what dance and theater goers want.” -Joan Eshkenazi, curtainup.com“The choreography is exquisite with its magic woven into the picture of the group’s movement as a whole (such as the portrayal of the city waking up to its eventual hustle and bustle in the beginning) as well as into each dancer’s individual image painting its unique own with the haunting original music (such as each of the girl’s sequences of infatuation).” -West, From East to West “I saw ALL IS LOVE, the thrillingly theatrical and romantic dance musical in NYMF. It’s clear that Walden is more than a Broadway triple threat, but a major voice in the future of musical theatre. I can only imagine what he could do with FOLLIES or WEST SIDE STORY. The production is gorgeous and the cast is wonderful (and gorgeous...) Anyone who cares about the future of dance in theatre should check it out.” -BroadwayWorld.com
And The Curtain RisesMost recently, Josh choreographedthe new musical And the Curtain Rises “Josh Walden contributes aptly decorousfor the Signature Theatre in which 6ballerinas, from the 1860’s, had to dance choreography for the ballet dancers.”on pointe as both subterranean fairies - Peter Marks, The Washington Postfrom a golden realm as well as viciousdemons from the fiery pits of hell.
THEATRE Fallen Angel New York International Fringe Festival Josh Walden A Chorus Line Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, NY Josh Walden And the Curtain Rises Signature Theatre, DC Kristin Hanggi My Fair Lady Sacramento Music Circus, CA Marcia Milgrom Dodge Espresso Trasho New York International Fringe Festival Marcia Milgrom Dodge Limonade tous les Jours Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY Marc Masterson CarouselShenandoah Summer Music Theatre, VA Hal Herman The Mikado Theatre Barn, NY Frank Latson Seabourn Sun Cruise Ship Morag Productions, FL Keith Crumwell On the Town Venus Rising Co, CA Kevin Morales
In January, Josh will venture up to Plymouth State College in NH to choreograph and help transform Hans Christian Anderson’s The Wild Swans into a musical theatre dance piece.At the end of August, Josh willbe in LA working with MarciaMilgrom Dodge as her AssociateChoreographer on Cabaret forJason Alexander’s Reprise TheatreCompany.
AWARDS- Best Revival of a Musical for the Bay Area, San Francisco Chronicle, 2000 - On the Town, Venus Rising Company- Excellence Award, Outstanding Musical, FringeNYC, 2006 - Fallen Angel- Honorable Mention, Excellence in Direction and Choreography, NYMF, 2006 - All is Love- Best Production of the Summer Season Nomination, Syracuse Area Live Theater Award, 2010 - A Chorus Line, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse- Best Director, and Best Revival Nominations, Tony Awards, 2010 - Ragtime
DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER JOSH WALDEN Michael Einfeld Management (818) 752-4238