Jeff Whiting - Broadway Director - Choreographer
Recently acclaimed as a ‘director with a joyous touch’ by the New York Times, Jeff Whiting is a director and choreographer for theater, opera, television, special events and concerts around the world.
On Broadway, Jeff was the Associate/Resident Director for the Broadway productions of Bullets Over Broadway (6 Tony Nominations – Susan Stroman), Big Fish (Norbert Leo Butz), The Scottsboro Boys (12 Tony nominations), Hair (Tony Best Revival), Young Frankenstein (Sutton Foster, Megan Mullally), and Wicked’s 5th Anniversary (Stephanie J. Block, Ashanti). National Tour credits include Hairspray, Young Frankenstein, Bullets Over Broadway, Rockin’ Road to Dublin, Christmas in Killarney, and The Producers.
Having been praised on THE VIEW as ‘a truly remarkable talent,’ Jeff’s theatrical direction and choreography includes development and World premieres of Loch Lomond, Chasing Rainbows (starring Ben Crawford, Ruby Rakos), Fly More Than You Fall (Best Musical), The Scottsboro Boys (Phoenix Theatre Co.), The Lost Colony (Waterside Theatre), Big Fish (Milwaukee), Single Wide (NYMF), Hairspray (Brazilian Production), Big (Milwaukee), In The Light (NYFA), Catch Me If You Can (New London Barn), The Sound of Music (Phoenix Theatre Co.), and Gypsy (Michele Ragusa).
UPCOMING PROJECTS: The Baker’s Wife (Stephen Schwartz), In The Light (Michael Mott), Crazy For You, The Imaginary (Josh Betancourt, Trent Jeffords), Love Affair (Joe Simeone), Echo and Narcissus, Invincible (Mark Sonnenblick), TRIBU, Joan Crawford in Flesh and Blood (Joe Major), Troy (Jon English, David McKay) .
Opera direction and choreography includes We Open In Paris (Glimmerglass Opera). Television direction includes Disney’s Magical Moments Parade, which premiered in Rio De Janiero, Brazil and continued on a 15-city national tour.
Special Event direction and choreography includes James Taylor Live (Carnegie Hall, co-starring Bette Midler, Steve Martin, Sting, Tony Bennett, Barbara Cook, Dianne Reeves), Stro! Gala Honoring Susan Stroman (Hudson Theater, starring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Rebecca Luker, Boyd Gaines, Veanne Cox), New Victory Arts Awards 2015 (starring David Hyde Pierce, Martha Plimpton, Marin Mazzie, Sherie Rene Scott, Joshua Henry, John Lithgow, Kelli O’Hara), New 42nd Street: 25th Anniversary (starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Karen Ziemba, Tony Yazbeck, Kecia Lewis, Mark Linn-Baker). T-Mobile’s Annual Event (Kodak Theater, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones), MAIR! (Inner Circle, Starring Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Broadway company of HAIR!), Film Premiere of Chronicles of Narnia (Southeastern Premiere).
As a member of Disney’s Creative Team, Jeff has directed and choreographed over 50 shows and events, including Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club (India), Power Rangers (Brazil), Disney’s Very Merry Christmas, Disney’s Enchanted Princess, Disney’s 100 Years of Magic, Disney’s Magic Mirror (Mexico City).
Jeff is the owner and Artistic Director of The Open Jar Institute, a music theatre training program founded in 2003 for the development of music theatre artists of all ages. He is the owner of Open Jar Studios, home to the largest rehearsal studio in New York City, and founded The Broadway Relief Project employing over 400 individuals during the shutdown to make PPE for NYC public hospitals, in response to COVID-19, co-founded SwifTest which provides Covid Compliance support for the Broadway community.
Stage Write Software, designed and developed by Jeff, marks the worlds first digital method for documenting staging and choreography and is already in use for over 80 Broadway shows and tours, including NEWSIES, BOOK OF MORMON, MATILDA, THE PRODUCERS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, and HAMILTON.
Whiting was invited to give a TEDTalk on February 6, 2016 at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, where he spoke about his innovative philosophy of “Open Jar Thinking” with his talk entitled “Rising Beyond Limits with Open Jar Thinking.”