Denny Berry

Associate Professor, Musical Theatre Program Head

Denny Berry is an esteemed director, choreographer, educator and writer. She brings a combined wealth of knowledge and professional experience that is invaluable to the students of the Department of Theatre. She is the Associate Choreographer, Production Dance Supervisor and was the original Broadway Dance Captain of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Hal Prince Phantom of the Opera. Most recently, she has been responsible for casting, coaching and setting twelve worldwide productions of Phantom, as well as the Las Vegas Spectacular and Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary at Royal Albert Hall.

At home in opera, operetta, musicals and ballet, Ms. Berry has created work from Vienna to Zurich to London. Career highlights include her work on the 2000 Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar; Pink Plasma for the Westchester Ballet; Herr Der Ringe, the original theatrical incarnation of the JRR Tolkien musical conceived to be presented in a tent with acrobats and actors in Berlin, composed and directed by Bernd Stromberger; A Christmas Carol (Kevin Moriarity, Trinity Rep); Street Scene (Francesca Zambello, Houston Grand Opera); 110 in the Shade (Live Oak Theatre, Austin, TX); Tango in Ebony and Only a Prelude (Friends of Vienna State Opera).

Ms. Berry wrote, directed and choreographed A Soul Wailing in Darkness for Austin Contemporary Ballet, and is currently at work on a musical theatre version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, for which she is book and lyric co-writer.

Certified by the NY Botanical Garden in Landscape Design, Ms. Berry is a member of the Associate of Professional Landscape Designers and founded her own floral and garden design company, DB Blooms.

Ms. Berry is a graduate of the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance where, together with her late husband Steve Barton, she has been honored with an endowed Presidential Scholarship.

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