Brian McGinness  email


School Director
Miller Marley Show Biz Performers Director

Brian McGinness has danced with the State Ballet of Missouri, Kansas City Ballet, Westport Ballet, Omaha Ballet, Susan Warden Dancers, Dick Pond Dance Ensemble and the City in Motion Dance Theatre.

He has choreographed Musical of Musicals, The Musical!, Jerry's Girls, Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, The Gifts of the Magi, Romance, Romance, Marry Me A Little, High Hat Hattie and Noel and Gertie for Quality Hill Playhouse. He has choreographed Ruthless! and Love, Valor, Compassion! for the Unicorn Theatre, The Merry Widow for the Civic Opera Theatre and Merrily We Roll Along for the UMKC Department of Theatre. He has also choreographed for The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley Youth Players, Blue Valley North High School, Camp Center Stage, Shawnee Mission South High School and Theatre for Young People.

For over 35 years he has taught dance classes at Miller Marley School of Dance & Voice, where he is the Studio Director. For over 24 years Brian directed the Miller Marley Entertainers and now he has taken over directorship of the Show Biz Performers as well as Company Coordinator for the Miller Marley Youth Ballet and Assistant Director to the TiniTainers.

He has choreographed The Class, Sail Away, Winter Solstice, Tutu Disco, London City Nights and A Fresh Aire Christmas for the MMYB and MMYB 2. In 1994 he directed the Entertainer's in their Disney World and Epcot performances. In 1992 he directed the Entertainers at the World's fair in Seville, Spain.

He has directed and choreographed Once Upon a Mattress for the Blue Valley Youth Players and Brigadoon for the Gladstone Theatre in the Park.

For The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission, Brian has had the honor of directing and/or choreographing Annie, Peter Pan, Oliver, Damn Yankee's, Brigadoon, West Side Story, Mame, 42nd Street along with Shirley Marley and Grease along with Shannon Durig, for which they won a "DEMMI Award for Best Choreography". He choreographed Footloose for director Phil Kinen and again won another "DEMMI Award for Best Choreography".

Brian has won the "DEMMI Award for Best Director" three times, Anything Goes in 2003, Crazy for You in 2004 and 42nd Street in 2008. Anything Goes won the "DEMMI Award for Best Show of the 2003 Season", Crazy for You won the "DEMMI Award for Best Show of the 2004 Season" and 42nd Street won the "DEMMI Award for Best Show of the 2008 Season".

Kansas City audiences have most recently seen Brian's choreography in the acclaimed Musical of Musicals, The Musical! at Quality Hill Playhouse.

Brian's first love is teaching. He loves to see each and every child reach for their dreams. He hopes you enjoy your experience at the Miller Marley School of Dance and Voice.


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