Theatrical Dance and Equity
Ever A Dancer
Musco Center For The Arts
Department of Dance at the College of Performing Arts
College of Performing Arts
Join a real-time conversation about musical theatre, theatrical dance and the state of the movement arts from true industry insiders. Informed by their extensive performance careers and creative pursuits, professional dancers, choreographers, and educators Wilson Mendieta, Rommy Sandhu, Lainie Sakakura, and Tommar Wilson discuss their personal lives, careers, and transitions as people of color in the musical theatre industry.
Wilson Mendieta is a graduate of the University of Washington with an M.F.A. degree in Dance and a Nonprofit Management Certificate from the Evans School of Public Affairs. He also received a B.F.A. degree in Acting and B.A. minor in Dance from Montclair State University.
Prior to earning his Masters in Fine Arts degree, he lived in the New York City area where he worked as a performer for television, radio spots, commercials, concert dance companies and Off-Broadway and Broadway musicals.
Rommy Sandhu is a New York City based director and choreographer. He has been directing choreographing, and performing across the country for 20+ years, including as Dance Captain to Tony Award winning director/choreographers Kathleen Marshall, Susan Stroman, and Matthew Bourne. A mix of Punjabi-Indian and Scottish/Irish/German-American roots, Rommy trained in every style of dance he could find. He eventually moved to pursue his dreams in New York City. He worked his way across the regional theater landscape culminating in 11 Broadway shows and National Tours.
Lainie Sakakura, recipient of the 2015 Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Choreography and 2002 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Choreography. NYC based writer, director, choreographer, teaching artist. Currently developing Corner of Bitter and Sweet a musical adaptation of New York Times Best Seller, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Book by Lainie Sakakura, Music & Lyrics by Paul Fujimoto. NYC Director: Cherry Lane Theatre, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Theatre 71, Summer Stage, Neighborhood Playhouse. Original Broadway Casts: Fosse (dance reconstruction, onstage dance captain); Chita Rivera The Dancer’s Life; Flower Drum Song (2002); The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public; The King and I (1996 and 2015). In 1994 Sakakura became the second Asian NYC Radio City Rockette following Setsuko Maruhashi hired in 1985 (the first Rockette of color).
Tommar Wilson is a seasoned Broadway actor whose credits include: Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, Hair, Hairspray and others. TV/film: The Good Fight, Instinct, Boardwalk Empire, Elementary, Madam Secretary, Frozen and others. 2019 Nicholl Screenwriting QF and Drama Desk winner.